NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Calgary
(Tuesday, March 7th)
Final Score: Nashville 3, Calgary 2
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - David Legwand scored two goals as the Nashville Predators slipped past the Calgary Flames, 3-2, at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Greg Johnson added a shorthanded tally for the Predators, who have won two of their last three games overall. Tomas Vokoun made 30 saves and Steve Sullivan and Jerred Smithson each notched two assists.
Dion Phaneuf and Kristian Huselius netted goals for the Flames, who saw a modest two-game winning streak come to an end. Miikka Kiprusoff allowed three goals on 26 shots in the loss.
"We came into this game with a lot of focus and we needed a game like this tonight," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz. "This is the type of game you can build on."
At the 15:18 mark of the opening stanza, Legwand gave the Predators a 1-0 edge with his fourth goal of the season. Legwand found a loose puck at the right side of the net and after a few whacks, pushed the disc across the goal line.
Vokoun turned aside 13 shots in the first period to keep Nashville in front heading into the second.
Just 51 seconds into the middle session, the Flames tied the game up at 1-1 on a power-play goal by Phaneuf. The rookie defenseman blasted a heavy slap shot from the point past a screened Vokoun for his 15th goal of the season.
Legwand's second tally of the game pushed the Predators back in front 2-1 at the 2:21 mark of the second period. Sullivan hit Legwand with a pass in the slot and he ripped a snap shot past Kiprusoff into the left corner of the net.
Johnson then netted a shorthanded goal to give Nashville a two-goal cushion heading into the final frame. Phaneuf mishandled the puck at the Nashville blue line and Johnson picked up the loose disc and dashed into the Calgary zone. At the left circle, Johnson cranked a slap shot that Kiprusoff got a piece of, but not enough as the puck slipped past him into the net.
At 4:18 of the final frame, the Flames pulled within one on Huselius' 14th goal of the season. On the power play, Robyn Regehr flipped a shot in on goal from the blue line that Huselius tipped past Vokoun through his five hole.
With 1:45 left in the contest, the Flames had a great chance to tie it up, but Vokoun stoned Jarome Iginla in front on a point blank shot in close. Calgary then pulled Kiprusoff with a minute left, but were unable to net the equalizer.
Nashville is 3-0 against the Flames this season and is 5-1-1 (1 loss, 1 tie) in the last seven encounters...The Predators improved to 13-13-6 as the visiting team this season...Sullivan has 26 assists on the campaign...Calgary dropped to 22-7-3 at home this season.
03/08 00:29:12 ET