Neal scores late winner to lift Predators over Canucks 2-1

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James Neal scored late in the third period to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.

Pekka Rinne stopped 28 shots and Craig Smith had the other goal for Nashville, which improved to 3-0 on a four-game Western Conference road swing. The trip has included 4-1 wins at both Winnipeg and Edmonton, and will finish Wednesday in Calgary.

Brandon Sutter scored for the Canucks, who played their last game before the All-Star break. Vancouver just returned from a 10-day road trip that resulted in a 3-2-1 record.

Ryan Miller made 17 saves in his first home start since Dec. 9 for Vancouver.