Brendan Morrison tied the score with 1:40 left in the third and Lukas Krajicek’s first goal of the season lifted the Canucks to a 4-3 victory in overtime over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
It was the Canucks’ second come-from-behind victory in two nights. On Friday, they rallied for a 3-2 win at St. Louis.
“Our guys are creating an identity for themselves,” Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. “They are sticking with the process. They are not giving up. That’s great for our team.”
Krajicek took a shot from the left circle that went over the glove and shoulder of Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun 2:32 into the extra period.
“It was kind of weird shot,” Vokoun said. “The puck kind of dropped and it handcuffed me.”
Jan Bulis and Taylor Pyatt also scored for Vancouver, which won for the third time in four games. Roberto Luongo stopped 37 shots for the Canucks.
“We worked extremely hard against St. Louis and came back,” Vigneault said. “We worked extremely hard against Nashville from the opening buzzer even though we playing back-to-back games. We thought we could tie the game, and we did. Then we found a way to win in overtime.”
Scott Hartnell, J.P. Dumont and Martin Erat had the goals for Nashville, which had its four-game winning streak ended.
Erat capitalized on a 2-on-1 break to put the Predators ahead 3-2 at the 6:40 mark of the second period.
However, Morrison tied the score at 18:20 of the third, taking control of the puck in a crowd of players battling for the rebound and putting the puck in the open net as Vokoun had positioned himself at the front of the crease.
Vancouver took a 1-0 lead one minute into the game when Bulis fired a shot from the middle of the left circle that went past Vokoun’s stick.
Hartnell tied the score at 5:55 with a shot that bounced off Luongo and went into the net.
Vancouver wanted to get more traffic front of the net against the Predators. Pyatt spent most of the game camped out in front of Vokoun, and was able to find an opening at 16:13 of the first period.
“In the first period, we didn’t have a lot of energy,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said. “A lot of times, after a team has taken a long road trip, your first game back home you usually come out flat. I thought we played flat in the first period.”
The Predators refocused in the second period, sending 19 shots at Luongo. Dumont tied the score on a 2-on-1 break at 3:35.
“We played not to lose near the end of the game,” Dumont said. “Good teams find a way to win. We are going to have to find out how to play with a lead.”
Vokoun finished with 42 saves. Despite the large number of shots, Trotz was slow to criticize his team’s efforts on defence.
“The young guys are going to develop,” he Trotz. “You have to go through the first quarter of the season and let them develop a little bit each game. We just need a lot more consistency on the back end.”
Notes: Rookie Alexander Radulov made his debut for Nashville, alternating between lines and getting his first penalty at 11:06 of the third period for tripping. … Erat, who has points in four of his last five games, took over the team scoring lead with four goals and four assists. … Vancouver’s Sami Salo, picked up an assist to add to his points total (three goals, four assists) as the team’s leading defencemen. … With Steve Sullivan sidelined for the second game in a row with back problems, Jason Arnott has been serving as an assistant captain for Nashville.