Canucks win on road but lose Bieksa
Dale Weise snaps scoreless tie with first marker of the season as Luongo blanks Predators
Game over " Canucks 1, Predators 0
The Vancouver Canucks won a game, but lost a defenceman Friday night.
Dale Weise snapped a scoreless tie at 9: 14 of the third period and Roberto Luongo registered his second shutout of the season as the Canucks beat the Nashville Predators 1-0 for their second road win in as many nights.
Weise scored after a Max Lapierre shot deflected off the foot of Nashville defenceman Scott Hannan and went directly to Weise.
He had most of the net to shoot at for his first goal of the season.
The win was tempered by the loss of defenceman Kevin Bieksa, who left the game after he took a hit from Nashville defenceman Hal Gill on the side boards four minutes into the second period.
The team said Bieksa suffered a lower-body injury.
Apart from David Booth and Ryan Kesler missing the beginning of the season, the Canucks have been injury-free this season.
Vancouver carries two extra defencemen in Andrew Alberts and Cam Barker. Neither has played a game this season.
Luongo, making his first start after watching Cory Schneider play the last two games, faced 23 Nashville shots.
The win improved Vancouver's record to 10-3-4, while the Predators dropped to 8-5-5.
The Canucks barely registered a pulse in the first period. They were outshot 13-3 by the Predators and those totals actually flattered Vancouver.
Luongo was about the only Canuck who showed up to play. He had to make a number of tough saves, most notably back-to-back shots by Shea Weber and Martin Erat on a Nashville power play.
The Canucks, meanwhile, could not generate anything offensively. They failed to muster a shot on their lone power-play opportunity in the first. All three of their first-period shots came from defencemen.
David Booth got the first shot by a forward at 1: 50 of the second, when he tested Pekka Rinne from in close. The second period was better for the Canucks - it had to be - as they outshot Nashville 9-5.
But again, neither team could score. Jannik Hansen and Hen-rik Sedin both had good scoring chances in the second, but could not beat Rinne.
The Canucks had another power play in the second, but once again did not register a shot.
Friday's game marked the fourth time this season the Preds and an opponent have been scoreless after two periods.
ICE CHIPS: The Predators meet the Red Wings in Detroit on Saturday night. The Canucks have a day off on Saturday and close out their four-game road trip Sunday afternoon in the Motor City ... With Hansen returning after serving his one-game suspension, Aaron Volpatti was a healthy scratch along with Alberts and Barker.
vs. Detroit Red Wings
at Joe Louis Arena
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