Nashville Continues Domination of the Flames



Thank god I didn’t see this game on TV. It sounds like the Flames played like they didn’t want to make the playoffs. I read up on it at Yahoo! Sports. Here’s what they wrote:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Paul Kariya scored two power-play goals and added an assist in the Nashville Predators’ 9-4 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

Steve Sullivan, Scott Nichol, Martin Erat, Greg Johnson, Kimmo Timonen, Jordin Tootoo and Darcy Hordichuk also scored for the Predators. Dion Phaneuf had two power-play goals for Calgary, and Darren McCarty and Kristian Huselius added goals.

Nashville scored three power-play goals on eight attempts, and Calgary was 4-for-8 with the man advantage.

The Predators set the tone for the game when Sullivan scored 46 seconds into the first period. Kariya scored his first goal at 5:42 of the period when he knocked in a loose puck past Brian Boucher.

The Flames rallied to tie it with a pair of first-period goals. Phaneuf scored the first of his two power-play goals at 7:57 with a slap shot from just inside the blue line. With 9 seconds left in the period, McCarty scored on a power play as he emerged from traffic in front of the net to beat Tomas Vokoun.

Both teams found the net often in the second period, with the Predators starting it off at 3:24 on Nichol’s first goal of the season. The Flames answered with Huselius’ power-play goal a little less than a minute later.

Less than 30 seconds later, Erat put Nashville ahead 4-3. Phaneuf scored his second goal at 8:52 to tie it for the last time.

The Predators closed out the period with three goals. Johnson scored at 11:46 and Kariya and Timonen added power-play goals in final 3 1/2 minutes of the period.

Nashville’s Tootoo scored the only goal of the third period. He slid on his side and poked in the rebound of Mike Sillinger’s at 13:10.

Hordichuk added the final goal of the game, flipping a loose puck over Boucher from in front of the net at 17:44.

There were a combined 25 penalties in the game, including four fighting majors, two game misconducts and one match penalty for attempting to deliberately injure a player against Calgary’s Chris Simon for a hit on Nashville’s Hordichuk.

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Greg is the founder of Red Mile Blog has been following the Flames through good times and bad since they arrived in Calgary in the early 80s. He has written hundreds of articles on the Flames since 2005 and considers himself an expert on hockey inconsistency and frustration. He shoots right and usually plays defence, but has been known to jump up in the rush. He is a 2-time CAHL men's league champion and knows the sweet taste of beer from a Cup.

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