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Predators Lose Fourth Straight Game

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Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) looks down at the puck following a goal by Vancouver Canucks left wing Christopher Higgins during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. (AP Photo) Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) looks down at the puck following a goal by Vancouver Canucks left wing Christopher Higgins during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. (AP Photo)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Henrik and Daniel Sedin each had a goal and assist during a four-goal first period that chased Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne and lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-1 victory over the Predators on Thursday night.

Shut out by the New York Rangers despite getting 40 shots Tuesday night, the Canucks wasted little time getting on the board against the slumping Predators.

Daniel opened the scoring 2:11 in, Henrik added another less than 4 minutes later, and Dale Weise, with his first as a Canuck, and Chris Higgins scored 86 seconds apart as the Canucks avoided losing their first three home games for the first time since 1984. Ryan Kesler also scored on a lengthy 5-on-3 in the third period -- his first goal in his second game after offseason hip surgery – and Roberto Luongo, booed by the home fans Tuesday, finished with 24 saves.

Matt Halischuk had the lone goal for the Predators, who have lost four straight (0-3-1), are without top-end forwards Mike Fisher and Martin Erat, and looked nothing like the team that played Vancouver so tough before losing in six games of the second round of last year's playoffs. Nashville was outshot 40-25 and is the only Western Conference team to be outshot in every game this season.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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