Duchene scores in SO to give Predators 4-3 win over Canucks

Nov 5, 2022, 10:45 AM | Updated: 11:46 pm
Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson (40) and Nashville Predators' Matt Duchene (95) vie for the puc...

Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson (40) and Nashville Predators' Matt Duchene (95) vie for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

              Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg, front right, is stopped by Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) as Riley Stillman (61) defends and Tyler Myers (57) and Nils Aman (88) watch during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson (40) looks up after being stopped by Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros on a shootout attempt during an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Vancouver Canucks' Tyler Myers (57) and Nashville Predators' Michael McCarron (47) vie for the puck behind Mark Jankowski (17) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg, front right, is stopped by Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) as Riley Stillman (61) defends and Tyler Myers (57) and Nils Aman (88) watch during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson (40) and Nashville Predators' Matt Duchene (95) vie for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Matt Duchene scored the only goal of the shootout and the Nashville Predators completed a 4-3 comeback win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Jordan Gross got his first two NHL goals, Nino Neiderreiter had a goal and an assist, and Mattias Ekholm added two assists for the Predators, who scored twice in the third period to tie it. Juuse Saros stopped 43 shots.

“As soon as we scored that first goal, I felt like we had a mental advantage on them,” Ekholm said. “They seemed to be on their heels a little bit. They were just flipping pucks out and we kept coming at them and got another goal and after that, I thought we pressured for a fourth and it didn’t come until this shootout.”

Duchene, the Predators’ second shooter, found space between Flames goalie Thatcher Demko and the post and put away the only goal of the tiebreaker. Bo Horvat then overskated the puck and didn’t get a shot off on the Canucks’ last attempt.

J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, and Ilya Mikheyev and Andrei Kuzmenko also scored. Quinn Hughes had two assists. Demko finished with 27 saves.

The Canucks dominated play in the first two periods, scoring three times in the first and taking a 3-1 lead into the third. They gave up a multi-goal lead for the fifth time while getting outscored 22-13 in third.

“We sat back instead of went after them and then the next thing you know, they’ve got two goals,” Vancouver coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I think that sometimes it’s like you’re afraid to win. And we righted the ship after that, and they didn’t have a lot but it was too little too late.”

Both teams had chances in overtime, with Nashville outshooting Vancouver 3-2.

With the score tied 3-3, the Canucks nearly pulled ahead midway through the third when Miller streaked in on a breakaway with two Predators players chasing, and blasted a shot on net. Saros plucked the puck out of the air to keep the game tied.

“(Saros) had my number, that’s for sure,” Miller said. “I could have broke the game early multiple times and opened it multiple times. And I didn’t so I’ve got to find a way to bear down on my chances.”

Vancouver jumped ahead with three goals in the first period.

Mikheyev ripped a shot from the faceoff circle 1:56 in, sailing the puck over Saros’ glove for his third goal of the season. Miller made it 2-0 as he got the rebound of a shot by Nils Hoglander and popped it through Saros’ pads at 3:41. The Canucks were on a power late in the period when Miller sent a sharp-angle shot flying toward the net and Kuzmenko redirected it in for his fifth with 2:28 left.

“We knew that just because the first period was in our favor pretty much the whole time, that the game wasn’t over,” Miller said. “There was a couple of mistakes made. … We played a good 40 minutes, set ourselves up. And obviously, at this point in time we’re tired of getting teams coming back on us.”

Gross got Nashville on the board with a power-play goal 3 minutes into the second as he tipped Niederreiter’s shot from the low slot past Demko for his first career goal.

The rookie, playing in his second NHL game, then pulled the Predators within one as he got a pass from Zach Sanford and fired a quick shot over Demko’s shoulder 1:06 into the third.

Niederreiter tied it just 1:35 later, getting his own rebound and poking it through Demko’s pads.

NOTES

Miller extended his point streak to six games. He has five goals and four assists in that stretch. … Horvat registered his 200th NHL assist.

UP NEXT

Predators: At Seattle on Tuesday night in the fourth of a five-game trip.

Canucks: At Ottawa on Tuesday night to open a five-game trip.

___

AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/nhl and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Wake Forest's Cameron Hildreth is called for a block as Hampton's Daniel Banister collides with Hil...
Associated Press

Hildreth triple-double leads Wake Forest in rout of Hampton

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Cameron Hildreth had a triple-double, Damari Monsanto scored 20 points, and Wake Forest beat up on Hampton from the start in a 97-70 victory on Saturday. Hildreth had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Andrew Carr and Tyree Appleby scored 17 points each for the Demon Deacons (6-1). Monsanto finished […]
2 days ago
Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin leaves the field following the team's 24-22 loss to Mississippi State...
Associated Press

Kiffin staying at Ole Miss with ‘a lot of work left to do’

Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin says he has informed school officials he will be staying at Ole Miss, putting an end to speculation that he was the leading candidate to fill the head coaching vacancy at Auburn. “Same as I said last week: I’m staying here and we have a lot of work left to do,” […]
2 days ago
Associated Press

Princeton earns 56-54 win over Northeastern

LONDON (AP) — Ryan Langborg’s 17 points helped Princeton defeat Northeastern 56-54 on Saturday. Langborg also added six rebounds, five steals, and three blocks for the Tigers (4-2). Tosan Evbuomwan shot 5 of 18 from the field and 3 for 3 from the line to add 13 points. Xaivian Lee was 3 of 6 shooting […]
2 days ago
Associated Press

Freidel’s 13 help James Madison take down South Dakota State

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Noah Freidel scored 13 points as James Madison beat South Dakota State 79-60 on Saturday. Freidel was 5 of 13 shooting (3 for 8 from distance) for the Dukes (6-1). Alonzo Sule scored 11 points and added seven rebounds. Mezie Offurum shot 4 of 8 from the field and 2 for […]
2 days ago
Associated Press

Undefeated Missouri beats Houston Christian 105-69

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — DeAndre Gholston scored 22 points, Kobe Brown had 19 points and undefeated Missouri eased past Houston Christian 105-69 on Saturday. Missouri has won its first seven games of a season for the first time since the 2013-14 team began 10-0. The Tigers play at Wichita State (3-2) on Tuesday. Missouri made […]
2 days ago
Associated Press

No. 14 Maryland women beat Towson at Fort Myers Tip-Off

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Diamond Miller scored 20 points, Faith Masonius and Shyanne Sellers each added 14 and No. 14 Maryland beat Towson 81-70 on Saturday at the Fort Myers Tip-Off. Miller gave Maryland its first double-digit lead on the first basket of the fourth quarter to make it 59-49. Towson got as close […]
2 days ago
Duchene scores in SO to give Predators 4-3 win over Canucks