Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Nystrom lit the lamp a career-high four
times for the Nashville Predators, but the Calgary Flames scored two late
goals and Sean Monahan registered the winner in an eventual 5-4 shootout
After each team failed to convert once in the shootout, Jiri Hudler quickly
moved in on net and roofed a backhander over Devan Dubnyk before another
set of shooters missed. Roman Josi prolonged the shootout after he
moved right to left and faking Dubnyk to score through his five hole.
Monahan went through the middle and slid the puck through the legs of
Dubnyk before Ryan Ellis was stopped by Reto Berra to end the game.
David Jones supplied two goals, while Mark Giordano and Mikael Backlund each
added a power-play goal in Calgary's second straight win. After Karri Ramo
allowed three goals on 12 shots, Berra made 12 saves in relief for the
"Great third period. I think we know we are dealing with a lot of young
players and there's not a better way to show character than we did tonight,"
said Calgary head coach Bob Hartley. "Reto came in and shut the door and made
some pretty big saves and got the game in a shootout. Jiri and Monny gave us
some big goals."
Dubnyk stopped 27 shots for the Predators, who won four of five games entering
Nystrom weaved through defenders to score on Nashville's first shot of the
game 1:51 into the opening stanza, but Calgary answered less than two minutes
later when Giordano's shot from the point found the back of the net.
"It was just one of those nights. It's just frustrating that it was on the
short end of the stick. Its a game we wish we could have back," said Nystrom,
who was selected 10th overall by Calgary in the 2002 draft. "It's nice scoring
goals, but not when it's on the losing side."
Nashville scored less than two minutes into the second. Ramo had difficulty
handling a shot from Josi on the red line. Nystrom was present to slide the
puck through Ramo's five hole for his second of the night.
Paul Gaustad took the puck past the left circle and fired a shot right before
reaching the goal line. The shot deflected off Nystrom and into the net at the
six-minute mark of the second.
Calgary got one back 1:24 into the third. Matt Stajan intercepted a pass from
Seth Jones and dropped the puck back to Jones, who wristed a shot past Dubnyk
from the slot.
Nystrom tallied his fourth of the night 10:47 into the third. Cullen went wide
to enter the Calgary zone and fired a shot from the right side before Nystrom
stuck out his stick to deflect the puck and fool Berra.
Calgary pulled back to within one with their third power-play goal of the
night. Kris Russell drifted over to the middle of the blue line and slapped a
shot that was redirected by Backlund in front of the net and 69 seconds later,
Brodie unleashed a laser from the left point on a screened Dubnyk to even the
game at four.
Nystrom's performance was the first four-goal game in team history ... The
last four-goal performance came six days earlier when Martin St. Louis did
it in a 5-4 loss to San Jose ... Giordano extended his point streak to a
career-high six games ... Calgary went 3-for-5 on the power play.
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