NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Calgary
(Thursday, November 6th)
Final Score: Calgary 7, Nashville 6
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Jarome Iginla and Craig Conroy both scored two goals and the Calgary Flames held on for a wild 7-6 win over the Nashville Predators at Saddledome.
Rene Bourque, Cory Sarich and Daymond Langkow also scored for the Flames, who built a 5-0 lead and nearly blew it but held on to halt a two-game skid. Miikka Kiprusoff made 23 saves in the win.
"We have an energetic team and we're trying to string some wins together and move up in the standings," said Iginla. "One game at a time. We want to build and we're hungry."
Shea Weber scored twice, Martin Erat and Jason Arnott tallied on the power play and Vernon Fiddler converted a rare short-handed penalty shot opportunity for the Predators, who have dropped two straight following a two-game win streak.
Pekka Rinne started for Nashville and allowed four goals on 10 shots in one period before Dan Ellis replaced him for the final 40 minutes. Ellis allowed three goals on 19 shots.
Nashville trailed 7-4 in the waning minutes of regulation but scored twice to make it close. While skating short-handed, the Preds were awarded a penalty shot and Fiddler lit the lamp to make it 7-5 with three minutes to go.
Another short-handed goal -- scored with an extra attacker in lieu of the goaltender -- with 20 seconds remaining brought Nashville within one. Scott Nichol fed a pass from atop the left circle across the low slot for a high wrister by Weber that beat Kiprusoff above the right shoulder.
However, it was not enough and the Flames used one last clear to seal the win.
"We tried to battle back, but we came up short in the end," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz. "On the road, you need some timely saves. We stayed with it, though, and we didn't quit."
The Flames exploded for four goals in the first period.
Conroy's short-handed tally began the uprising. Eric Nystrom gained control of a loose puck along the left half-wall in the neutral zone and passed ahead to Conroy, who streaked in all alone and beat Rinne with a low wrister at 7:26.
Less than five minutes later, the Flames grabbed a two-goal edge after Rinne mishandled the puck behind the net. Todd Bertuzzi corralled the disc and fed it into the front of the goal mouth, where Bourque easily deposited his third goal into the open net past the sprawled-out goaltender.
In the latter stages of the stanza, Conroy's second goal of the period made it 3-0. Iginla shook off two defenders inside the left circle and sent a backhand pass into the low slot for Conroy, whose wrist shot lit the lamp with 3:16 remaining.
At the 18:55 mark, Calgary completed the four-goal surge. Conroy held control beneath the goal line to the left of the net and passed to the outer rim of the right circle for a successful wrister by Sarich, who was all alone.
Iginla's power-play marker 2:13 into the second continued the onslaught. With David Legwand in the box for a holding minor, Iginla took his usual post in the slot and lit the lamp via a one-timer after a pass from the right half- wall.
Nashville made it interesting with three consecutive goals within a five-plus minute span of the second, and two of the goals were scored on the same 5-on-3 advantage.
First, at the three-minute mark, Erat's one-timer from the top of the left circle sailed into the back of the cage and 78 seconds later, the Preds used a nice give-and-go down low before Arnott punched in his sixth goal of the season.
At the 8:25 mark, Weber's one-timer from inside the right circle after a pass by Legwand -- who was stationed behind the goal line -- brought the visitors within 5-3.
One minute later, however, the Flames moved back on top by three on Langkow's deflection goal.
In the final stanza, Iginla's second marker of the game occurred 38 seconds in on the power play and Legwand answered at the 5:26 mark.
Nashville forward J.P. Dumont left the game with a lower body injury...Both teams finished 2-for-6 on the power play...Iginla has eight goals this season...Attendance was 19,289.
11/07 01:53:04 ET