Hartnell owns Sabourin, Canucks
Scott Hartnell spent part of the U.S. Thanksgiving feasting on goaltender Dany Sabourin and the Vancouver Canucks, while his Predators teammates picked up the scraps in Nashville.
Hartnell scored two goals and assisted on another in Thursday's 6-0 victoryto snapVancouver's win streak at three games.
"We wanted to test their goaltender early," said Hartnell, who finished with a team-high five shots."We had a lot to prove. We all did a good job of getting pucks to the net. It wasn't the night for their goalies."
The Predators left-winger chased Sabourin from the net at 12:37 of the second period when he converted a Paul Kariya pass through the crease for Nashville's fifth goal.
Roberto Luongo, who started all but one of Vancouver's first 22 games this season, finished the period before coach Alain Vigneault returned Sabourin to the net for the third.
Fresh off a shutout Saturday with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League, Sabourinallowed two goals on the first five Nashville shots he faced Thursday.
OnOct. 17 in Edmonton, Sabourin allowed two goals on two shots in a 2-1 loss to the Oilers.
But in fairness to the 26-year-old, his teammates didn't give him a lot of support in Nashville.
"Our execution with the puck was off," Vigneault said. "We
could have played better in front of our goaltenders. This loss was obviously a team loss. We weren't good enough in all areas."
Sabourin faced a pair of odd-man rushes in the game's opening five minutes that resulted in one goal by Alexander Radulov.
Once Sabourin settled down, Vancouver was behind 2-0 and couldn't stop a parade to the penalty box.
The Canucks were penalized four times in the second period and watched Nashville convert twice with the man-advantage. Hartnell notched his second goal of the game, while defenceman Shea Weber added his fourth in the last 10 contests.
Sabourin, the AHL's top netminder last season with Wilkes-Barre Scranton, blanked Nashville over the final 20 minutes and stopped 19 of 24 shots on the night.
Marek Zidlicky and Darcy Hordichuk, with his first of the season, also scored for the Predators, who opened a three-point lead on Detroit atop the Central Division.
"We got good contributions from all over the lineup," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "One of the things you find out about your team when you have injuries is who is going to step up and make a difference. Everybody stepped up."
Injuries kept centres Jason Arnott and Josef Vasicek out of the lineup.
In their absence, Kariya collected three assists, while Martin Erat added a pair to give the winger six points in his past six outings.
Chris Mason and Tomas Vokoun combined to make 34 saves for the shutout. Vokoun sat out the third period with a hand injury.
"Tomas got hit in the hand," Trotz said. "He was having
trouble holding the stick so we pulled him out to have him
evaluated. There is no break. We'll have a clearer idea Friday."
Special teams hurt Vancouver as Nashville went 2-for-8 on the power play against a Canucks penalty kill that had allowed just two goals in its previous 42 short-handed situations. The power play went 0-for-4.
Canucks winger Daniel Sedin left the game after two periods with a pulled abdominal muscle.Vigneault said he would undergo additional testing Friday.
Vancouver takes on the Avalanche in Colorado on Saturday (CBC, 10 p.m. ET).
With files from the Associated Press