The Nashville Predators had themselves quite the night on the West Coast on Wednesday night, demolishing the sad Vancouver Canucks by a final score of 7-1. As if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, Vancouver goalie Anders Nilsson had a shocking moment in the second period, allowing Preds’ D-man P.K. Subban to score from almost exactly center ice.
The score was still just 2-0, so the game was hardly out of hand yet. However, Subban rifled in a hard slapshot (which was really more of an attempt to dump the puck) that Nilsson mishandled, actually deflecting it into the Canucks’ goal when it looked like the original trajectory of the puck would have seen it sail wide.
The score was 4-1 after two periods, and the Canucks basically folded up shop and gave up three more tallies in the third. The Predators, fresh off a trip to the Stanley Cup finals last season, remain one of the best teams in the NHL. The Canucks, however, have a lot of work to do if they have any hopes of even making the playoffs next spring.