Gift-wrapped Canucks win

Canucks' Rick Rypien bears down on Predators goaltender Dan Ellis during Tuesday action at GM...

Canucks' Rick Rypien bears down on Predators goaltender Dan Ellis during Tuesday action at GM Place. (REUTERS)

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- With Christmas two days away, the Canucks gave GM Place fans an early present Tuesday, winning 4-1 over the Nashville Predators to move into a playoff position for the first time this season.

While the Sedin twins enjoyed three points a piece, Roberto Luongo played Grinch to Nashville's offence, making 20 saves and keeping them off the scoreboard until five minutes left in the game.

The win moves Vancouver one point ahead of both Detroit and Dallas in the Western Conference.

Not only did the Predators fail to extend their winning streak to five games, four players also ended their point streaks of three games or more.

The Canucks' third line broke a scoreless tie seven minutes into the second period when Steve Bernier tallied his 10th of the season, while Daniel Sedin's eventual winner made it 2-0 later in the middle frame on the powerplay. Sami Salo and Henrik Sedin added the cushion goals in the third.

After suffering an upper body injury against the same Nashville team six games ago, Alex Edler returned to the lineup and played 17:38 of ice time, registering one shot.

The Canucks will enjoy a three-day holiday break before returning on Saturday to host the struggling Edmonton Oilers at GM Place.


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