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Vancouver Canucks F JT Miller on Game 5 loss: ‘It’s hard to wrap things up’

After a stunning comeback in Game 4, offense again proved difficult for the Vancouver Canucks against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Vancouver’s 2-1 loss in Game 5 marked the third time in the series that the team was held to two goals or fewer. After two scoreless periods, the Canucks took a 1-0 lead early in the third period on Tuesday before the Predators scored twice in just over five minutes to keep their season alive.

“Our power play was terrible,” Canucks forward JT Miller said after the loss. “We have to look in the mirror as a group. We could have been a factor in the game, but we weren’t. Lots of emotion in the game. They were resilient.

“It’s hard to close things down.”

The Canucks failed to convert on their two power play opportunities and failed to register a shot on net with the man advantage in the combined four minutes.

Vancouver stormed back with two goals in the final three minutes of Game 4 to force overtime, where Elias Lindholm ultimately put the Canucks ahead 3–1 in the series. With the Predators averting elimination on Tuesday, the two teams now head back to Nashville for Game 6 on Friday.

“Nashville is a good team,” said Canucks defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who scored the team’s lone goal in Game 5. “They’re pushing back, they’re staying with it. I feel like we stole the last game in their building, they stole this game here.

“So it’s up to us to go out there and play our best hockey and try to shut them down the next game.”