VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Alexandre Burrows pointed the Vancouver Canucks in the right direction and they followed his lead en route a rare offensive outburst.
Burrows sparked a four-goal first period with a short-handed goal 37 seconds into the game, and the Canucks beat the Nashville Predators 6-2 Thursday night.
“It was important to get us going a little bit, get the fans into it a little bit and right afterwards we got another big power-play goal, so it got us going the right direction and we kept it going for 60 minutes, Burrows said. “It was nice to get one off the get go, get our confidence going.”
Mason Raymond scored 1:33 into the second, and Ryan Shannon added a power-play goal with nine minutes left for the Canucks, who rank 26th in the NHL in scoring, and scored six goals for just the second time this season.
“We got it handed to us tonight,” de Vries said. “That’s not the way we play, especially against these guys.”
The Predators gave up 24 shots in the opening period, a season-high for a Canucks team that managed just six goals during a four-game winless slide (0-2-2).
They came out flying against Nashville, even after taking an early penalty.
With Henrik Sedin in the box for holding, Burrows won a race for a loose puck and snapped a sharp angle shot over Dan Ellis s glove. Edler put home a 5-on-3 point shot to make it 2-0 at 4:11, but captain Markus Naslund gave the puck away at his blue line on the second power play, and Fiddler walked in alone and beat Roberto Luongo for a short-handed goal 14 seconds later.
Less then two minutes later, Pettinger jammed in a loose puck, and Chris Mason took over the Nashville net. He barely had time to warm up before de Vries — after another Naslund turnover—answered the Canucks goal 12 seconds later.
The Canucks went up by two again when Mason was beaten cleanly through the legs by Bieksa with 1:57 left after some nice passing by Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
“We were a desperate team, we came out and generated lots, got pucks at the net and finally got an offensive output,” said Naslund. “I think that will help a lot of guys get the confidence back.”
It was the fourth time in the last 10 games the Predators pulled their starting goalie.
“Usually I’m the one getting pulled,” said Mason, who made 30 saves after Ellis stopped eight of 11. “They were all over us. I don’t know if we showed up for the magnitude of the game.”
Luongo made 21 stops for Vancouver, but his job may get tougher as the Canucks run out of defenseman. After finding out earlier in the day they’d be without Mattias Ohlund at least a week, Vancouver lost Aaron Miller after he was leveled by Jordin Tootoo with 1:32 left to play.
There was no immediate word Miller’s condition. He went right to the locker room with his right shoulder hanging. But there was plenty of fallout from the hit, including an instigator penalty in the final minute for Bieksa for starting a fight with Fiddler because he thought the forward shot a puck at him. The penalty comes with an automatic, but reviewable, one-game suspension.
“I m just trying to get the game over with, it’s 6-2,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said of Tootoo’s hit. “I don’t know why things like that happen and why a player would run 100 feet with the game over. No respect for the game and no respect for the opposition.”
Predators coach Barry Trotz said it was a clean hit. Tootoo, who received a five-minute major penalty for boarding, agreed.
“Hitting is part of the game and you’ve got to be a man to play this game and you have to keep your head up,” Tootoo said. “Clean hit, nothing else to say. They’re the ones that should get the extra penalties.”
^Notes: Ohlund will miss at least four to six days because of bone chips in his left knee that may yet require season-ending surgery. … Predators linemates Jason Arnott and Jean-Pierre Dumont had six-game point streaks snapped.