NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Nashville|
(Sunday, January 1st)
Final Score: Nashville 5, Calgary 3
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Sergei Kostitsyn recorded his first career
hat trick to lead the Nashville Predators past the Calgary Flames, 5-3, at
"It was big for him to get his first hat trick," Predators forward Patric
Hornqvist said about Kostitsyn. "He had a big game for us and that was huge
for us tonight."
Kevin Klein and Matt Halischuk also lit the lamp for the Predators, while
Pekka Rinne made 17 saves in Nashville's third consecutive win.
Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque and Brendan Morrison scored for Calgary as the
Flames dropped their third straight.
Miikka Kiprusoff allowed four goals on 26 shots in defeat.
"In the end it was breakdowns and defensive lapses," Flames head coach Brent
Sutter said. "Defensively we are not where we need to be and it's costing us."
The Flames struck first on Iginla's 499th career goal just 3:47 into the first
period when he set up in front of the net and one-timed an Olli Jokinen pass
from the right corner.
From there on, though, it was all Nashville as the Predators tallied the next
four goals to take control of the game.
Klein knotted the score with 7:21 left in the opening frame with a slap shot
from the right point and Kostitsyn sent Nashville into the first intermission
with a 2-1 lead by tapping in Mike Fisher's cross-ice pass from the right of
the net 2 1/2 minutes later.
Halischuk and Kostitsyn netted goals early in the second to give the Predators
a three-goal lead after two as Rinne stopped all four shots he faced in the
But Bourque struck just 1:17 into the third with a one-timer from the left of
the net and Morrison closed the gap to one with 2:03 left in regulation.
However, that is as close as Calgary would get as Kostitsyn raced down the ice
and tipped the puck into the empty net with 30 seconds left to seal the win
for the Preds.
When Iginla scores his 500th goal he will become the 42nd player to do so and
the 15th to do it all with the same team...Jokinen was playing in his 1,000th
game...Both teams went scoreless on the power play. Calgary had two
opportunities, while Nashville had three.
01/01 23:10:17 ET