Kesler scores twice, Canucks beat Predators 3-1

Ryan Kesler scored a pair of third period goals, leading the

Vancouver Canucks to a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on

Tuesday night.

Brad Richardson also scored for Vancouver, which has won three

of four.

Colin Wilson scored for Nashville, losers of three straight.

Richardson scored the game’s first goal at 15:24 of the second

period.

From the goal line to the right of the Nashville net, Richardson

passed to Dale Weise in the right circle. Weise’s shot was stopped

by Nashville goalie Marek Mazanec, but the rebound came right to

Richardson, and he banked in a shot off of Mazanec’s left leg

pad.

On the same day he was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for

November, Mazanec made his 11th straight start in goal for the

Predators.

Wilson answered back just 30 seconds after Richardson’s

goal.

Skating through the slot, Patric Hornqvist slid a nice pass to

Wilson on the right post. From there, Wilson had an easy tap-in

past Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo for his fifth goal of the

season.

Wilson has scored in consecutive games for the first time this

season.

After missing three games with an upper-body injury, Hornqvist

has an assist in each of his last two games.

In the third, Kesler scored his first at 7:37.

From the left side, Jason Garrison’s slap shot was stopped by

Mazanec, but Kesler outmuscled Nashville’s David Legwand for the

rebound and beat Mazanec with a wrist shot.

He struck again at 14:15.

With the Canucks on a power play, Kesler collected the rebound

of another shot by Garrison in the low slot and backhanded it past

Mazanec.

Kesler has four goals in his last two games.

NOTES: Nashville D Shea Weber missed his second consecutive game

with an eye injury. The team lists him as day to day. The Predators

had not allowed a power-play goal against in their previous eight

games. Vancouver concluded a four-game road trip and now heads home

for their next five games.