NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It was a grand night for Daniel Sedin.
Brock Boeser had two goals and an assist, Sedin surpassed 1,000 career points and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Thursday.
Loui Eriksson also scored twice and Sedin had a goal and two assists for Vancouver, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Henrik Sedin added three assists, one on his brother’s 1,000th NHL point — a power-play goal that tied it 3-all at 10:22 of the third period.
“I wanted it to be a goal and in a big win, too,” Daniel Sedin said. “We got both, so I’m extremely proud of the group. To be a part of this group, too, it’s amazing.”
Daniel Sedin now has 1,001 career points. He and Henrik Sedin are the first pair of brothers to both reach 1,000 in the NHL.
“It’s been special playing with him for so long on the same team,” Daniel Sedin said.
Anders Nilsson made 29 saves for the win.
Craig Smith had a goal and an assist for Nashville. Filip Forsberg and Nick Bonino also scored for the Predators.
“We gave up too much in the second and in the third,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “When you have a 3-2 lead going into the third, you can continue to push but you have to do it inside of some structure. I thought that we lost the structure and they gained a lot of opportunities from it. We need to play better defense.”
Smith scored the game’s first goal at 2:42 of the second period. From the neutral zone, Matt Irwin banked a pass off the right boards across the Vancouver blue line. Smith skated to the puck and carried in along the right side before cutting toward the net parallel to the goal line. In front, he slipped a backhand between Nilsson’s pads.
Boeser tied it 12 seconds later.
After taking a pass from Bo Horvat above the right circle, the rookie cut to the slot with a nice toe drag before firing a wrist shot high to the stick side of goalie Pekka Rinne.
Forsberg made it 2-1 at 4:31 of the second. With the Predators on a power play, Smith sent a cross-ice pass from the left faceoff dot to Forsberg in the right circle. His wrist shot deflected off the crossbar and in.
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