VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Filip Forsberg scored twice and added an assist, and the Nashville Predators held on for a 3-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.
Colin Wilson also scored, and Pekka Rinne made 26 saves for the Predators (7-2-2), who won for the second time in three games of their six-game road trip.
Defenseman Alex Edler scored the only goal for the Canucks (8-4), who had a four-game winning streak snapped before they head out on a trip through California and Colorado.
Eddie Lack, making his first start since allowing seven goals at Colorado on Oct. 24, stopped 30 shots. No. 1 goalie Ryan Miller had the night off after earning a 3-2 win at Edmonton on Saturday.
Vancouver took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal midway through the first period. Defenseman Luca Sbisa leveled Predators forward Taylor Beck against the boards, earning the ire of captain Shea Weber, who dropped his gloves and went after Sbisa.
Just 24 seconds into Weber’s roughing penalty, Edler fired a shot from the point that got through traffic and beat Rinne at 11:10.
Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who doesn’t wear a visor, left the game shortly after when he took a puck in the eye behind the Nashville net. He didn’t return to the game.
Lack looked sharp midway through the opening period when he made a great pad save on Mike Ribeiro’s drive from the slot. He finished the period with 11 saves.
With the Canucks serving a penalty for too many men early in the second, the Predators were given a gift to tie the game as defenseman Dan Hamhuis tipped Forsberg’s shot into his own net.
Vancouver recorded only three shots in the period.
Minutes after the goal, Canucks forward Tom Sestito was helped to the dressing room because of a lower-body injury. He didn’t return.
The Canucks came out with more energy in the third and proceeded to pepper Rinne, firing more pucks at him in the first three minutes than in all of the second period.
However, Nashville jumped ahead when James Neal powered his way in for a shot. He fanned on it, but Forsberg skated in behind him and lifted the puck past Lack to make it 2-1 at 6:42.
Wilson added insurance with under two minutes to play with a shot over Lack’s shoulder for his first goal of the season.
NOTES: The Canucks will begin their trip Tuesday in Denver and then make three stops in California. … Nashville’s next stop on its trip is Tuesday at Winnipeg. … This was the first of three meetings between these teams. The next two are in Nashville on Jan. 13 and March 31. … Prized Canucks prospect Bo Horvat was recalled from Utica of the AHL. He is likely to make his NHL debut on Tuesday.
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