Officially, the scoring play on Vancouver's first goal Thursday night was Christian Ehrhoff from Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

Perhaps a third assist should have been added to Manny Malhotra.

The injured Canuck centre had some words of advice for Ehrhoff just before he took to the ice for Game 4 of the Canucks' playoff series with the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena

"Snapper, not slapper," Malhotra told Ehrhoff, who apparently took the mantra to heart.

At 15:04 of the first period, Ehrhoff drifted a long wrist shot past Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, giving the Canucks just the start they wanted.

Ehrhoff also had two assists and Ryan Kesler scored his second straight game-winner and added a pair of helpers as the Canucks won 4-2 to complete a Tennessee two-step that leaves them just one win away from a spot in the National Hockey League's Western Conference final.

The Canucks will try to end the series when Game 5 is played Saturday at Rogers Arena (5 p.m., CBC, Team 1040).

"He said just get a nice wrister on net," Ehrhoff said of Malhotra, who has been out of the Canucks lineup since suffering a serious eye injury on March 16.

Malhotra isn't playing — and won't until next season at the earliest — but he is with the team, offering advice and plenty of encouragement.

"He's great," Ehrhoff said. "He's around and is helping the guys out, keeping the guys motivated, and it's great to have him around."

The Canucks defence, specifically Ehrhoff and Alex Edler, were great at the offensive end Thursday night as the Canucks grabbed a 3-1 stranglehold on the best-of-seven series.