VANCOUVER, B.C. — Eddie Lack made 30 saves, and Nicklas Jensen and Alex Edler scored 1:13 apart in the third period to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night.
The Canucks posted their fourth win in seven games but remained in 10th place in the Western Conference while pulling within three points of eighth-place Phoenix. The win was timely, because Vancouver remained a point ahead of the Winnipeg Jets, who beat Colorado earlier Wednesday night.
Nashville is in 12th place, dropping five points behind the Jets.
Lack earned his fourth shutout of the season, tops among NHL rookies, even though the Predators enjoyed a 30-22 edge in shots.
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Jensen finally opened the scoring when he picked up a loose puck while Nashville defenseman Seth Jones was checking Henrik Sedin and roofed a shot over goalie Carter Hutton’s outstretched glove.
It was Jensen’s third goal in four games, and just the third of his NHL career. The Danish rookie has only played seven games this season since being promoted from the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League because of injuries to key forwards Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler.
“I think any time you have a guy on a roll – it doesn’t matter who it is – teammates see it and feed off of it,” Jensen told The Vancouver Sun. “To be able to bring my offensive ability from the American League to here, that’s huge for me but also for our team.
“(But) just because you’re on a bit of a roll doesn’t mean you’re a full-time NHL player. I need to show up every night and prove I belong here, not just for now but for next season, too. But the most important thing is to try to help this team get into the playoffs.”
Edler gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead on a power play as he slid a slap shot between Hutton’s outstretched leg and the right post.
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