Game 25: The Preds?
Mike Fisher tallied two goals including a nasty game winner as the visiting Predators stole a crazy game from the Canucks in a 6-5 win at Rogers Arena.
Neither starting goaltender lasted the entire sixty minutes on Thursday after Cory Schneider and Pekka Rinne were both replaced by their respective backups in the second period.
Roberto Luongo replaced Schneider to start the middle frame.
He immediately took over as the goaltender of record after the Canucks charged out with four goals to start the period.
Rinne was pulled late in the second after Jannik Hansen hammered home his sixth of the season past the Predators’ star. Rinne has now allowed nine goals in two games against the Canucks this season and was pulled from both contests.
With tonight’s appearance backup Anders Lindback has now racked up 32 saves on 33 shots against Vancouver this season and was the Predators’ best player in just over thirty minutes of play Thursday at Rogers Arena.
It was a night Barry Trotz could only afford to shake his head and pray the supposed “controversy” in the creases at Rogers Arena won’t prove to be contagious.
While Head Coach Alain Vigneault valiantly attempted to ride Luongo on the way to a comeback Thursday, the move to thrust the starter back into the spotlight may have further muddled the goaltending waters in Vancouver.
Luongo made 12 of 15 saves in the final two periods of play and even managed to earn the loss out from under Schneider’s poor performance.
In a rare miscue from Canucks’ management a paperwork error stopped the speedy winger from playing against Nashville, delaying his season debut until Sunday versus the Flames.
The Canucks responded with a strong second period after falling down 3-1 in the first, but were unable to put away the Predators with a full sixty minute effort Thursday.
Jannik Hansen’s brutal back-check on Mike Fisher’s game winner and a number of other poor plays by the home team cost the Canucks an easy two points Thursday and should leave a sour taste in their mouth heading into Sunday’s game against the Flames.
The “controversy” continues after another nightmarish night from the Canucks’ crease.
Nashville 6, Vancouver 5
When: 10:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 1, 2011
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Stephen Walkom, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Bryan Pancich