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Colin Wilson's 2 goals lead Predators over Canucks 5-1; Nashville goalie Rinne leaves hurt

  • Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, collides with defenseman Anton Volchenkov, of Russia, bottom right, and Vancouver Canucks left wing Chris Higgins, top right, in the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Rinne left the ice after the play. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, collides with defenseman Anton Volchenkov, of Russia, bottom right, and Vancouver Canucks left wing Chris Higgins, top right, in the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Rinne left the ice after the play. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette, top left, and assistant coach Phil Housley listen to linesman Brad Lazarowich (86) in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette, top left, and assistant coach Phil Housley listen to linesman Brad Lazarowich (86) in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nashville Predators center Craig Smith (15) reaches for the puck with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Behind Smith is Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ryan Stanton (18). (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Nashville Predators center Craig Smith (15) reaches for the puck with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Behind Smith is Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ryan Stanton (18). (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

Colin Wilson had two goals and two assists and Craig Smith added a power-play goal to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.

Nashville lost goaltender Pekka Rinne, who leads the NHL with 29 wins, to a lower-body injury in the third period. He had stopped 20 of 21 shots before being replaced by Carter Hutton.

Filip Forsberg and Mike Fisher also scored for Nashville, winners of four straight. Mike Ribeiro had two assists.

Rinne was hurt when Vancouver forward Chris Higgins drove toward the Predators net and became entangled with Nashville defenseman Anton Volchenkov. The pair then collided with Rinne, and their momentum carried the Finn into the end boards.

Alexander Edler had the lone goal for Vancouver, which has lost its last three.

Smith scored the game's first goal at 4:07 of the opening period.

With Vancouver short-handed due to a penalty for too many men on the ice, Wilson found Smith in the low slot, where he beat Vancouver goaltender Eddie Lack for his 13th of the season.

Just 2:15 later, Wilson gave Nashville a 2-0 lead.

Fisher took the puck away from Brad Richardson inside the Nashville blue line and carried it down the right side. He found Wilson inside the Vancouver blue line and skated to the faceoff dot, where he beat Lack with a wrist shot high to the far side.

Wilson has multiple points in six of his last 11 games.

Edler halved the Nashville lead at 2:47 of the second, connecting from the right circle after a prolonged scramble inside the Predators zone.

Forsberg scored at 13:32 of the third when his wrist shot caught a piece of Lack and then trickled across the goal line.

Fisher struck at 15:31 of the third, and he was followed by Smith's second power-play goal of the game at 17:39.

Rinne was the goaltender of record in the game, earning his 29th victory.

Notes: Wilson has points in four consecutive games. ... Nashville LW James Neal returned to the lineup after missing five games with a lower-body injury. He posted two assists. ... Vancouver D Christopher Tanev assisted on Edler's goal. It was his first point since Dec. 22. ... The Canucks are 7-11-1 when their opponent scores first this season.