NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Calgary
(Saturday, December 19th)
Final Score: Nashville 5, Calgary 3
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Martin Erat and Marcel Goc each had a goal and two assists, as the Nashville Predators edged the Calgary Flames, 5-3, at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Cody Franson had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who have won four straight and six of seven. David Legwand and Dave Scatchard both had a goal, while Dan Ellis made 29 saves in the win.
"We came out pretty well in the first period," said Nashville coach Barry Trotz. "They bounced back in the second period and had us on our heels. But we got a big goal by Goc and that gave us a lot of momentum which we carried the rest of the way."
Jarome Iginla had two goals and an assist, and Dion Phaneuf tallied the other goal for the Flames, who have dropped four of their last five. Miikka Kiprusoff gave up four goals on 19 shots in the loss.
"We did a good job of coming back tonight," said Calgary coach Brent Sutter. "But we gave them the lead back and I wasn't pleased with the last two goals. We were playing well and just missed our coverage."
With the score tied in the third, Nashville took a 4-3 lead 4:14 into the frame as Franson's quick wrister from the right point beat Kiprusoff cleanly.
Calgary applied pressure on several occasions in the third, but Ellis came up with the stops, and Scatchard's empty-net goal with 26 seconds to play sealed the win.
The Predators struck first to take a 1-0 lead. Dan Hamhuis threw a shot on net from the left point that Kiprusoff stopped. The rebound kicked out to the left circle where Jerred Smithson grabbed it and passed it to the slot for Erat, who wristed it home just 4:22 in.
Nashville took a 2-0 lead eight minutes later, as Legwand's wrister got past Kiprusoff.
Calgary, though, got on the board with a power-play goal just 1:11 later, as Phaneuf's slapper from the point found the back of the net.
The Flames tied the game just 3:48 into the second. Olli Jokinen broke up an outlet pass in the neutral zone, and Curtis Glencross wound up with the puck. Glencross skated into the zone and slid it over to the right for Iginla, who lasered a wrister past Ellis.
Iginla gave the Flames a 3-2 lead with 9:15 left in the second on his 19th goal of the season, a wrister that fooled Ellis.
The Predators, though, tied the game with 2:50 left in the middle stanza, as Goc banged in a rebound from the left side for his sixth goal of the season.
Calgary hosts St. Louis on Wednesday...Nashville plays at Vancouver on Tuesday...Calgary had a five-game winning streak against Nashville stopped...Calgary went 1-for-2 on the power play, while Nashville failed to score on any of its three chances.
12/19 20:11:32 ET