Nashville at Calgary

Erat continues scoring as Predators take out Flames

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CALGARY, Alberta -- Since losing 5-0 to Calgary at home on Nov. 30, the Nashville Predators have been one of the best teams in the NHL.

With a 5-3 victory over the Flames on Saturday, the Predators avenged the loss to Calgary and improved to 7-1-2 since that setback -- and 22-11-3 overall.

"Any time you get beat at home, especially the way we got beat, it sort of brings clarity into what you don't want to do," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We sort of got our game back in order once that happened."

After losing their last five games against the Flames dating to last season, the Predators had extra motivation.

"We wanted to prove that we could play against them," defenseman Dan Hamhuis said. "I thought we played pretty well tonight. Our goaltending kept us in it at the end there. They had a lot of chances."

In their past four games, all wins, the Predators have used a balanced scoring attack to score 23 goals.

Forwards Marcel Goc and Martin Erat led the way for Nashville on Saturday with a goal and two assists each, while defenseman Cory Franson scored the wining goal in the third period and added an assist. David Legwand and Dave Scatchard also scored, and Joel Ward had two assists.

"Early in the year, we tried to play way too perimeter, a little too cute," Trotz said. "We got back to very basic hockey. Now it's throw some pucks on the net and go to the hard areas and you get rewarded. That's what most teams do in our league now."

Jarome Iginla scored twice and set up another for the Flames (20-11-4) to break out of an eight-game goal drought. Dion Phaneuf also scored, and Olli Jokinen had two assists.

"It was a game that we definitely feel we should have gotten two points out of," said Iginla, whose two second-period goals gave the Flames a 3-2 lead. "We've got ourselves in a bit of a rut where in third periods we're not closing it out and finding ways to get points out of it and wins."

Calgary coach Brent Sutter was pleased that the Flames rebounded from an early 2-0 deficit, but upset his squad couldn't defend the lead.

"It's a disappointing loss," Sutter said. "You're up 3-2 at home, you've got to win, bottom line. We played a team here that's been playing some pretty good hockey. We had an opportunity to win tonight and we let it get by us because of some mistakes. We made some turnovers that you can't make."

Nashville goalie Dan Ellis stopped 29 shots for his third win in a row. At the other end, Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff didn't have one of his better games of the season as he surrendered four goals on 19 shots.

Notes

  • Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr played his 700th NHL game, all with the Flames.
  • The Predators are 19-18-6 overall against the Flames.
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Martin Erat, who starts the scoring for Nashville, also sets up Dave Scatchard for an empty netter. (AP)
Martin Erat, who starts the scoring for Nashville, also sets up Dave Scatchard for an empty netter. (AP)

Scoreboard
Nashville  (22-11-3) «2125
Calgary (20-11-4)1203
Three Stars
M. Erat
NSH


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
J. Iginla
CGY


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
M. Goc
NSH


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:22Martin Erat (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Smithson, Goc
12:30David Legwand (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hornqvist, Erat
13:41Power Play - Dion Phaneuf (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Iginla, Giordano
2ND PERIOD
03:48Jarome Iginla (18), Wrist Shot. Assist: Glencross, Jokinen
10:45Jarome Iginla (19), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jokinen
17:10Marcel Goc (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Ward, Franson
3RD PERIOD
04:14Cody Franson (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ward, Goc
19:34Dave Scatchard (3), Empty Net. Assist: Erat, Klein
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:39Regehr, 2 min, Interference
10:29Moss, 2 min, Roughing
13:03Smithson, 2 min, Hooking
15:32Hornqvist, 2 min, Roughing
15:32Pardy, 2 min, Roughing
2ND PERIOD
02:14McGrattan, 5 min, Fighting
02:14Belak, 5 min, Fighting
05:04Conroy, 2 min, Tripping
12:34Scatchard, 2 min, Boarding
3RD PERIOD
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Nashville105520
Calgary7151032
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Dan Ellis60:00293
Miikka Kiprusoff58:41154
Game Information
Attendance - 19289
Referees - Steve Kozari, Wes McCauley
Linesmen - Darren Gibbs, Lonnie Cameron
 
Other Games
Bos 0 Final
Tor 2
Mon 3 Final
NYI 0
NYR 2 Final
Phi 1
Colu 2 Final
Colo 5
Fla 2 Final
Car 3
Pitt 2 Final
Buf 1
Pho 2 Final
Ana 4
NJ 5 Final
Atl 4
Det 3 Final
Dal 4
Min 1 Final
Ott 4
Wash 4 Final
Edm 2