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Originally published Monday, April 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

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Vancouver Canucks knock Nashville out of playoff race | NHL

Ryan Kesler scored twice and Roberto Luongo made 36 saves to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 victory over host Nashville.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ryan Kesler and Roberto Luongo helped knock the Nashville Predators out of the playoff race.

Kesler scored two goals and Luongo made 36 saves to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 victory over the Predators on Monday.

Derek Roy, Jason Garrison and Alex Burrows also scored for Vancouver, which has won five of its last six games.

Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Jannik Hansen each had two assists.

Nick Spaling and Bobby Butler scored for the Predators, who have lost a franchise-high seven consecutive games.

They have won once in their last 11 games.

Nashville had qualified for the playoffs in seven of the past eight seasons.

"We still have to play hard," Nashville captain Shea Weber said. "It's obviously tough. We have to find a way to battle here in the last games and try to get some wins."

Kesler gave the Canucks a lead at 1:34 of the opening period and Roy connected three minutes later.

Nashville tied the score in the second period, but Garrison got the winning goal on a power play with 2:58 left in the second.

Vancouver was outshot 38-24.

"We were good in the first, and then for whatever reason, our play slipped in the second until Henrik's line went out there and had a real strong shift," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said.

"That enabled us to go on the power play and score a goal."

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