Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Preds best Flames for third consecutive win

The Nashville Predators defeated the Calgary Flames by a 2-1 score on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena to earn their third consecutive victory. Nashville got goals from Matt Halischuk and Colin Wilson, while Calgary got its lone tally from Curtis Glencross. Nashville had 45 shots in the game, while Calgary had 36 shots on goal.

Nashville took the early lead in the first period when Halischuk scored on a backhand spin-o-rama swipe at the puck in mid-air. Brian McGrattan threw the puck on net and Halischuk was there for the rebound.

The Predators out-shot the Flames by an 18-6 margin in the first period, and played one of the best periods that they have played all season. However, the Flames were the ones that came out flying to start the second period.

Glencross was able to skate right in the zone and fire a nice backhand shot past Rinne for the goal. Calgary had been applying lots of pressure before that point, and Glencross was finally able to get one past Pekka Rinne.

Both teams had 17 shots on goal in the second period, but both Miikka Kiprusoff and Rinne were both on their game. It was a 1-1 hockey game after two periods of play.

Nashville would get the game-winning goal on the power play when Wilson scored on a rebound from a Craig Smith shot. That makes six games in a row that the Predators have scored a power play goal. Calgary had several chances to tie the game in the third period, but Rinne shut them down with his Vezina Trophy caliber of play.

Rinne seemed to be back in his groove tonight. He had been struggling as of late, but it seems as if he's found his game again in the past two games. The Predators are certainly glad he's back to his usual self because they face the high-powered Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena.

Hockey Night in Nashville's 3 Stars of the game:
1. Pekka Rinne(NSH)
2. Miikka Kiprusoff(CGY)
3. Colin Wilson(NSH)

Official 3 Stars:
1. Colin Wilson(NSH)
2. Miikka Kiprusoff(CGY)
3. Pekka Rinne(NSH)

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