Smith Scores As Predators Rally Past Canucks

Posted at 7:46 AM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 08:46:09-04

Craig Smith had the decisive goal in the shootout after the Nashville Predators scored twice to tie in the third period in a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

James Neal and Filip Forsberg scored 1:12 apart to even the score with about 7 minutes remaining in regulation for the Predators, and Pekka Rinne stopped 23 shots through overtime. Ryan Johansen also scored in the tiebreaker before Smith won it in the fourth round.

Nashville, which holds the Western Conference's first wild-card spot, moved within two points of third-place Chicago in the Central Division.

Bo Horvat scored at 6:52 of the first period, ending the Canucks' longest scoring drought in franchise history at 234:52. Daniel Sedin's power-play goal later in the period made it 2-0, and Ryan Miller had 30 saves as Vancouver lost its sixth straight.

Jared McCann scored in the second round of the shootout for Vancouver.