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11/1/2006 12:53:33 AM


VANCOUVER (CP) - Steve Sullivan scored on a breakaway Tuesday night to give the streaking Nashville Predators their fifth straight road win, a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Sullivan took J.P. Dumont's pass through the neutral zone and broke in behind Vancouver defenceman Mattias Ohlund. Roberto Luongo made the initial save but Sullivan was able to lift his own rebound over the prone goalie.

Alexander Radulov and Ryan Suter staked the Predators to an early 2-0 lead with goals two minutes 38 seconds apart in the first period.

Ohlund and Markus Naslund scored for Vancouver.

The Predators got a chance to stifle the Canucks early with their close checking when Radulov's shot deflected into the net off Ohlund.

Suter added the second goal on the power play and Nashville nursed the lead until late in the second period.

Ohlund got a measure of revenge when his power-play shot off a defender drew Vancouver to within a goal during the second period.

Naslund tied the game with less than 12 minutes remaining when Sami Salo's shot was stopped by Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun but the rebound went in off the Vancouver captain.

The goal was reviewed because Canuck forward Jan Bulis made contact with Vokoun on the play but he was pushed into the crease by Predator defenceman Marek Zidlicky.

The Predators, who lost 4-3 in overtime to Vancouver on Oct. 21, won for the seventh time in eight games to improve to 7-3-1.

Vancouver, which had won four of its last five starts, dropped to 7-5-1.

The Predators gave the Canucks little skating room and Luongo had to be sharp on a second-period glove save on Predator Vernon Fiddler but Suter hit the post during the last of five straight Nashville power plays.

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