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Canucks win 2nd straight, beat Predators 5-4 in shootout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nick Bonino and Radim Vrbata scored in the shootout, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Predators 5-4 Tuesday night to avoid being swept by Nashville.

The Canucks padded their lead to four points over Calgary for second place in the Pacific Division with their second win in two nights. They did it by killing off a five-minute major penalty that carried into overtime.

Eddie Lack stopped all four Nashville shots in overtime, then turned away attempts by Mike Santorelli and Filip Forsberg in the shootout.

Alexandre Burrows had a goal and an assist for Vancouver. Chris Higgins, Linden Vey and Jannik Hansen scored a goal each, and Bonino had two assists.

Mike Fisher, Cody Franson, Taylor Beck and Viktor Stalberg scored for Nashville, which lost its second straight at home. The Predators pulled within two points of NHL-leading Anaheim.

Vancouver led 4-3 after scoring twice in the first six minutes of the third period before Fisher tied it with a power-play goal at 14:57.

The Predators got another man advantage when both Burrows and Kevin Bieksa were ejected, and Burrows was given a major penalty for hitting forward Paul Gaustad high with 3:54 left in regulation.

Lack stopped shot after shot to get the Canucks to overtime, and he finished with 34 saves.

Vancouver has started its final road trip in style, building off a 4-1 win at St. Louis on Monday. Canucks coach Willie Desjardins started Lack for the second straight game, trying to give his club a tighter grip on its position in the standings.

Franson scored his first goal since being traded back to Nashville on Feb. 15, putting the Predators ahead 1-0. Bieksa checked Stalberg in the head, leaving Stalberg on the ice for a couple minutes before he skated to the bench.

Fisher got the puck to Franson, who scored from the blue line at 4:30 of the first against the NHL’s third-best road penalty-killing unit.

Nashville was 2 of 7 with the man advantage.

The Predators quickly made it 2-0 when Gaustad found Beck skating toward the offensive zone with a pass, and Beck finished off the rush by beating Lack glove-side with a snap shot at 8:15 of the first.

The Canucks erased that lead in the second as Vey scored his 10th on a snap shot that slid under Rinne at 4:04. Hansen netted his 15th during 4-on-4 play at 6:04.

After Nashville hit a couple of goal posts, Stalberg put Nashville up 3-2 with 29.4 seconds left in the second with a shot from the right circle that went in off Lack’s shoulder.

Burrows tied it with a short-handed goal at 1:23. Nashville had the man advantage again when Craig Smith was sent to the box for interfering with Higgins, giving Vancouver the power play that Higgins finished with his 12th goal.

NOTES: Higgins has five points in five games for the Canucks. … Franson has 17 power-play points (five goals, 12 assists). … Nashville finished 6-7-2 in March. Vancouver was 10-4-2. … Stalberg has five points (two goals, three assists) in his last eight games.

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