Trust me, Friday nights in Nashville are never dull.
Unless you happened to be inside Bridgestone Arena, where the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators attempted to check one another into the ice.
Thankfully, Dale Weise livened things up, albeit briefly, as he scored the game’s only goal as the Canucks beat the Predators 1-0 to earn their second win in as many nights on the road.
It wasn’t pretty — in fact it was downright ugly for much of the night — but the Canucks were happy to take the two points and run. What they weren’t happy about was an injury to defenceman Kevin Bieksa, who left the game early in the second period with what coach Alain Vigneault described as a groin injury he did not think was serious.
The game seemed destined for a shootout — and goodness knows how long that would have lasted considering how well Roberto Luongo and Pekka Rinne are playing these days.
But Weise took advantage of a fortuitous bounce and scored his first of the season at 9:14 of the third period. Mercifully, this one was over after 60 minutes.
There was lots of hooting and hollering by his teammates as Weise walked to the centre of the Vancouver dressing room for media interviews.
“I have been frustrated with myself,” Weise said. “I haven’t contributed offensively the way I would like. But I think our line has been playing well and we have been getting chances. It’s really good to get that one.”
Luongo, again, was rock solid in goal. After watching Cory Schneider play earlier this week in Chicago and Dallas, Luongo calmly turned aside all 23 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season.
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