NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Nashville
(Tuesday, November 29th)
Final Score: Nashville 2, Calgary 0
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Tomas Vokoun recorded his 13th career shutout to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Vokoun made 31 saves for Nashville, which has won three of its last four games. Vernon Fiddler tallied a goal and an assist for the Predators, who are in the midst of a five-game homestand. Scott Hartnell also scored in the victory.
Nashville improved to 11-2 at home this season.
"This building has a lot of energy, and we feed off that," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz.
Miikka Kiprusoff posted 15 saves for the Flames, who despite the loss finished the month of November with a 10-2-1 record. The only other contest this month in which the Flames failed to record a point came on the 18th, when they lost to Chicago 5-2.
Fiddler's first goal of the season came at the 18:33 mark of the first period from Dan Hamhuis and Scottie Upshall. Fiddler took the disc at the blue line, streaked down the right-wing side and from below the circle, beat Kiprusoff with a nice wrist shot.
Tony Amonte had a chance to tie the score soon after, but his blazing one- timer was saved. Also in the first, Flames forward Marcus Nilson missed a wide open net from directly in front of the goal.
"We've got to find a way to score one goal," said Calgary's Jarome Iginla.
Calgary had two power-play chances in the second and three in the third, but could not find the back of the net.
A good portion of Calgary's seven third-period shots were quality scoring chances, and the best came off the stick of Steve Reinprecht. While on the power play, Reinprecht found a rebound and was all alone at the right post, but missed high and wide.
Calgary continued to apply pressure and pulled Kiprusoff in the final minute, but wasted its chance when referee Brad Watson whistled the Flames for too many men on the ice.
With only 15 seconds remaining in regulation, Hartnell's power-play tally created the final margin. He worked a give-and-go with Fiddler and lit the lamp from the top of the crease near the right post.
The Flames are 4-7-1 on the road this season...This marked the first shutout by the Preds this season...The last shutout for Vokoun came on February 26, 2004 against Minnesota...Nashville scored once on seven power-play chances and did not allow Calgary to cash in on any of its six opportunities with the extra skater...Attendance was 12,797.
11/29 23:07:42 ET