NHL: Nashville 3, Vancouver 1

NASHVILLE, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Nick Spaling and Mike Fisher scored in the final 1:38 of the second period Thursday to break open a tie game and lift Nashville to a 3-1 win over Vancouver.

Vancouver, which has a two-point lead over Philadelphia for the best record in the NHL, lost for the third time in four games.


All of the scoring came in the span of 4:58 late in the second period.

Martin Erat put the Predators in front only to have Daniel Sedin tie it on the power play with his 30th goal of the season.

Spaling, however, scored only 7 seconds later when he put a backhander past Roberto Luongo. Fisher tipped in a shot by Alexander Sulzer with 49 seconds to go in the period.

Fisher's goal was his first for the Predators since he was acquired in a trade with Ottawa last week.

Nashville's Pekka Rinne made 35 saves.

Luongo stopped 23 shots for the Canucks, who earlier in the day learned they had lost defenseman Kevin Bieksa for an undetermined amount of time with a broken foot.


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