VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Defenseman Lee Sweatt scored the tiebreaking goal in his NHL debut Wednesday to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 victory over Nashville.
Sweatt was called up from Manitoba of the American Hockey League to fill in for the injured Kevin Bieksa and he paid instant dividends. His wrist shot with 7:29 left to play got the best of Pekka Rinne and snapped a 1-1 deadlock.
The game was scoreless heading into the third period but Nashville took the lead 37 seconds into the stanza on Shea Weber's goal. Alex Burrows tied it 1:58 before Sweatt scored his game-winner.
Roberto Luongo made 26 saves for the Canucks, who go into the all-star break with 71 points -- best in the Western Conference and tied with Philadelphia for most in the NHL.
Vancouver has won its last two games after losing four in a row.
Rinne took the loss with 33 saves.