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Predators score twice in third to edge Canucks 2-1

  • Associated Press
  • January 24, 2014 - 12:05 AM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Nick Spaling scored the go-ahead goal on the power play in the third period and the Nashville Predators defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Thursday night.

Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, and Carter Hutton made 33 saves as the Predators picked up their fourth victory in the past five outings.

Chris Higgins scored for Vancouver, which got 24 stops from Roberto Luongo.

The Canucks, who still hold down the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference, had their two-game winning streak come to an end.

Down 1-0 after two periods, Nashville tied it at 3:28 of the third when Smith ripped a shot past Luongo from the faceoff dot off a pass from Spaling for his team-leading 16th goal of the season.

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