NASHVILLE, Tenn. Factors to ponder as Anders Nilsson didn’t begin the way in which he wanted to however completed stronger, the facility play went 0-for-Four with out a shot till Brock Boeser unloaded the cannon and the resilient Canucks rebounded from a 3-1 deficit to drive time beyond regulation earlier than falling 4-Three Thursday to complete 2-0-1 on a three-game highway journey:

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Nilsson digs a gap then climbs out

That is what Anders Nilsson wanted Thursday:

— The seldom-used goaltender needed to have a pointy begin in opposition to the vengeful Predators, who have been nicely ready to make amends for being outplayed final week at Rogers Area the place they gave up rush objectives — and a penalty shot effort by Elias Pettersson — in a 5-Three setback.

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— The seldom-supported backup additionally wanted some run help in quest of his first victory in almost two months after backstopping a 3-2 win in Pittsburgh on Oct. 16. In a three-win span that began in Tampa Bay and continued in Florida, he made 33, 24 and 26 saves and the Canucks scored 10 objectives.

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He bought sufficient run help Thursday however not sufficient of the primary two objectives that beat him glove aspect.


Calle Jarnkrok ideas the puck previous Anders Nilsson within the second interval Thursday.

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“It confirmed large character for us to return again,” stated Nilsson, who would end with 30 saves. “Being down two objectives in Nashville going into the third and to attain late within the recreation, it’s good to get some extent. But it surely’s additionally irritating that we didn’t get two factors.

“I felt like I used to be attempting somewhat too laborious at first and perhaps I overplayed the primary two objectives somewhat bit after which I felt like I settled in a bit and performed somewhat bit extra affected person. That they had so many probabilities and I bought fortunate with a few them.”

Attempting too laborious was virtually comprehensible as a result of Nilsson is attempting to get on the win observe.

He took six-straight setbacks, by which the Canucks scored however seven objectives, right into a loud Bridgestone Area setting the place the Predators had solely misplaced 5 of 17 video games. He couldn’t make essential early saves and the Canucks couldn’t generate bonafide scoring probabilities till the third interval in being held to 12 pictures via 40 minutes and 21 in regulation time.

Nevertheless, it was these two objectives in a span of lower than thee minutes within the first interval not solely put the Canucks in a gap, they put Nilsson on his heels as a result of he dropped to his knees on the efforts by Ryan Hartman and Nick Bonino.

On the opening objective, Bo Horvat didn’t get the puck in deep and the Predators went to the short transition as Dan Hamhuis hit a streaking Hartman. He used Ben Hutton as a display put a wrister between his legs and previous the glove of a susceptible Nilsson.

“I misinterpret it,” stated Nilsson. “That’s my fault and it’s a save I must make. I didn’t actually choose it up, nevertheless it’s a shot from the highest of the circle. It doesn’t matter if you happen to shoot it — and it’s more durable when he shoots it between the legs — however I ought to nonetheless be capable to make that save. I pushed an excessive amount of to the blocker aspect and that’s why they have been in a position to rating glove aspect.

Bonino’s effort was one other wrist shot that beat Nilsson to the far aspect glove.

To his credit score, Nilsson gathered his recreation when the sport might have gotten out of hand in a rush.

With Alex Biega caught up ice, the Predators had a 3-on-1 break and this time Nilsson was in a position to get is glove on a sizzling Hartman shot after which stopped a one-timer by Craig Smith within the slot.

Nevertheless, it was one other glove-side objective that make it 3-1 and just about might have put the sport away. It was laborious to completely fault Nilsson as a result of Calle Jarnkrok bought simply sufficient of his blade on a Kyle Turris shot and it floated over the glove-side shoulder of the stopper.

Horvat will get the credit score, takes the blame

Bo Horvat stored grinding away on an evening the place it appeared like nothing was going proper.

The centre was having hassle establishing any sort of constant strain together with his linemates. It bought to the purpose the place Inexperienced didn’t wait so long as Columbus on Tuesday to combine his traces. Within the second interval, he put Jay Beagle between Josh Leivo and Jake Virtanen, had Horvat between Nikolay Goldobin and Brock Boeser and Pettersson between Anoine Roussel and Virtanen.

Horvat would end with two pictures, 5 makes an attempt, two give-aways and gained 14 of 27 attracts. His finest effort got here with 44 seconds remaining in regulation to drive time beyond regulation.

“It was an incredible sequence by everyone with Petey skating it in all the way in which and Goldy attending to the online and us getting pucks and our bodies there,” stated Horvat. “I simply needed to whack it house from there and we bought some extent out of it, nevertheless it ought to have been two. They weren’t giving us a lot, however we caught with it.”

Horavat let his verify get away in time beyond regulation as Colton Scissons scored at 3:05 of the additional session and he wasn’t letting himself off the hook.

“It’s nice that we got here again and confirmed resiliency and battled all the way in which to the tip, however that’s my fault on the finish,” he stated. “It’s my man who goes to the online and will get that final one. I’ve to be higher in that scenario.”

Stated Nilsson: “They made a great move into the center and a great shot up excessive and perhaps I bought caught somewhat deep.”

Added Travis Inexperienced: “It was good for our guys to keep it up and get some extent in a recreation the place we play a staff that was able to go and you’ll see why they’re one of many favourites to problem for the Stanley Cup. However we confirmed character. Nashville got here laborious. They have been on and there wasn’t lots of area for our guys and it was a great lesson for a few of our younger guys in how a contending staff performs.

“A few of our younger guys made errors tonight and groups like that can capitalize.”

An influence outage, then Boeser’s bomb

The numbers have been unhealthy heading into Thursday — a 1-for-18 man-advantage funk within the earlier seven video games — and there was nothing to counsel something was about to vary with the facility play.

On their first effort, Goldobin bought two pictures away however missed the online after which Pekka Rinne tripped Horvat to create a 5-on-Three for 47 seconds. Nothing got here of it after which Roussel took a unnecessary slashing penalty. And within the second interval with an opportunity to attract even, each items couldn’t muster a single shot.

The Canucks have been 0-for-Four with out a shot after which Boeser bought to his candy spot and struck. He unloaded the cannon for his first power-play objective of the season at 15:55 of the third interval to tug the Canucks to inside a objective.

“We tried one thing knew there, nevertheless it wasn’t working,” Boeser stated of a shift to the ‘bumper’ spot to get shot alternatives within the slot and nearer to the online. “We went again to our outdated positions the place we really feel comfy and I assumed we gained momentum even earlier than that objective as a result of we have been getting probabilities. And I lastly scored a one-timer objective.”

Stated Horvat: “Boes made a heck of a shot and that’s one of many hardest I’ve seen him take. We have been producing alternatives in current video games and it was only a matter of time earlier than one went in.”

‘Dekey Beags’ on the spotlight reel

Palms up.

Who had Beagle within the goal-scoring pool? Who had the fourth-line centre trying like a first-line pivot when he scored on a shorthanded 2-on-1 break with Markus Granlund. He took a cross-ice feed and bought Rinne off stability for a backhanded effort for his first objective in 10 video games after coming back from a fractured forearm.

“Granny makes an unreal play over to me and I knew Rinne is quick and I knew I needed to shift it (puck) and get it over to the opposite aspect,” stated Beagle, who helped the bettering penalty kill go 3-for-Three with kills Thursday. “With Granny choosing off that move and making a pleasant play via the defence triangle, it was matter of ending the job.”

After an encouraging begin the place the Canucks really had two probabilities — Leivo with an open web with Rinne sprawled and Boeser off an odd-man rush taking a again move from Pettersson — it was laborious to seek out something that resembled an actual likelihood till the third interval.

Boeser hesitated with an opportunity contained in the blueline and appeared to make a play quite than taking pictures with a transparent lane. After which he bobbled a pointy cross-ice feed from Horvat that landed in his candy spot, however he couldn’t get a shot away.

Gudbranson is having again spasms

Erik Gudbranson was a late scratch with an upper-body damage and he has missed 4 of the final eight video games.

Inexperienced stated the defenceman has been experiencing again spasms. He was changed by Biega who pair with Derrick Pouliot whereas Ben Hutton lined up with Troy Stecher.

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