Game Story: Nashville Predators 4, Calgary Flames 3
Herald three stars are Shea Weber, Roman Cervenka and Austin Watson
1. Nashville D Shea Weber — Team’s leading scorer adds two helpers. Looks like a man among boys (which he is Tuesday).
2. Calgary LW Roman Cervenka — Manages to beat star goalie Pekka Rinne twice. First on a breakaway. Then on a deflection.
3. Nashville LW Austin Watson — Lanky 21-year-old from Michigan, in his sixth career outing, hammers home his first NHL goal.
WHY THE FLAMES LOST
Because, on a night when they needed (more) magic from the youngsters, the well is dry.
Because, in the face of a (slightly) more experience squad, they wilt. In this case, the shot-clock does not lie.
THE BIG HIT
Calgary D Mark Cundari dashes into enemy territory in the first period and plasters D Roman Josi into the end boards. From there the puck goes from C Paul Byron to D T.J. Brodie, who opens the scoring. The belt is one of four by Cundari in the first period.
THE BIG SAVE
In the second period, while killing a penalty, Nashville roars into Calgary territory. With Calgary D T.J. Brodie and D Mark Cundari clumped together on one side, the puck is smartly worked to a wide-open D Victor Bartley. His hard shot, however, is blocked away by G Miikka Kiprusoff.
THE BIG FIGHT
Well, Nashville LW Richard Clune is certainly game enough. Trying (in order) to get RW Brian McGrattan, D Mark Cundari, RW Akim Aliu to drop their gloves.
Calgary scratches — G Leland Irving, D Brett Carson, D Cory Sarich, C Mikael Backlund, C Matt Stajan, LW Michael Cammalleri, RW Tim Jackman, D Derek Smith (lower body), LW Curtis Glencross (knee), LW Alex Tanguay (knee), LW Steve Begin (upper body). Man-games lost: 119
NASHVILLE scratches — LW Taylor Beck, C Colin Wilson (shoulder), C Paul Gaustad (shoulder), C Mike Fisher (hand), LW Gabriel Bourque (knee), RW Patric Hornqvist (upper body), RW Brandon Yip (lower body). Man-games lost: 117
Predators 4 Flames 3
1. Calgary, T Brodie 2 (P Byron, M Cundari) 5:59.
2. Nashville, D Legwand 12 (S Weber, F Forsberg) 14:39.
Penalties — A Aliu Cgy (Roughing) 5:30; R Clune Nsh (Roughing) 5:30; M Giordano Cgy (Hooking) 10:57; A Aliu Cgy (Tripping) 19:00.
3. Calgary, R Cervenka 8 (S Baertschi, C Butler) 7:06.
4. Nashville, N Spaling 9 (pp) (S Weber, R Josi) 18:31.
Penalties — B McGrattan Cgy (Misconduct) 12:19; R Clune Nsh (Roughing) 12:19; M Cundari Cgy (Hooking) 17:28.
5. Nashville, A Watson 1 (C Smith, K Klein) 3:17.
6. Nashville, M Halischuk 5 (B Butler, C Mueller) 4:40.
7. Calgary, R Cervenka 9 (C Butler, S Baertschi) 15:10.
Penalties — None.
Shots on goal by
Calgary 9 6 3—18
Nashville 10 11 11—32
Power plays (goals-chances) — Calgary: 0-1, Nashville: 1-3.
Goal (shots-saves) — Calgary: M Kiprusoff (32-28, L, 8-14-2). Nashville: P Rinne (18-15, W, 15-16-8).
Referees — Dave Jackson, Dean Morton. Linesmen — Kiel Murchison, Bryan Pancich.
Att. at Nashville, TN — 17,113.
The Flames flutter to St. Louis and brace for Thursday’s contest (6 p.m., Sportsnet West, The FAN 960) against Scott Nichol and the Blues.
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