Brock Boeser had two goals and an assist, Daniel Sedin surpassed 1,000 career points as well as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Thursday night.
Loui Eriksson also scored twice and Sedin had a goal and two assists for Vancouver, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Henrik Sedin added three assists and Anders Nilsson made 29 saves for the win.
Craig Smith had a goal and an assist for Nashville. Filip Forsberg and Nick Bonino also scored for the Predators.
Smith scored the game’s first goal at 2:42 of the next period. In the neutral zone, Matt Irwin banked a pass off the right boards across the Vancouver blue line. Smith skated into the puck and hauled in across the right side before cutting the web parallel to the target line. In the front, he slipped a backhand involving Nilsson’s pads.
Boeser tied it 12 seconds later.
After taking a pass from Bo Horvat over the ideal circle, the rookie cut into the slot with a wonderful toe drag before firing a wrist shot high to the stick side of goalie Pekka Rinne.
Forsberg made it 2-1 at 4:31 of the moment. Together with the Predators on a power play, Smith delivered a cross-ice pass from the left faceoff dot to Forsberg at the ideal circle. His wrist shot deflected off the crossbar and in.
Forsberg leads Nashville in goals with 13 and power-play goals with eight.
The Predators have scored at least one power-play goal in each of the 12 home games this year, setting a franchise record for consecutive home games with a man-advantage objective.
Eriksson tapped home the rebound of Daniel Sedin’s slap shot from the right circle at 14:11 of the second.
At 16:45 of this time, Bonino capped a wild scramble when, with his feet under the goal line, he reached around and tapped the puck by Nilsson.
Daniel Sedin tied it 3-all at 10:22 of the third on the power play with a wrist shot from the slot that beat Rinne between the pads.
With three points in the match, Daniel Sedin improved his NHL total to 1,001. Henrik Sedin had the secondary assist on his brother’s landmark goal.
Boeser scored his second of the night at 14:08 of the third.
In the left dot, Nikolay Goldobin slid a pass to Boeser from the slot. He skated toward the internet and made a move before beating Rinne low to the glove side.
Eriksson added an empty-netter to seal it.
NOTES: Rinne made 27 saves. … Nashville entered with the league’s best home power play, converting at a 40 percent rate. The Predators went 1 for 4 with the man advantage. … The Predators are 12-2-2 when leading after two periods. … Henrik Sedin has eight assists in his last six matches. … Eriksson has points in three consecutive games.
Canucks: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.
Predators: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.
Courtesy: The Globe And Mail