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Nashville
Predators
38-29-11-4
Philadelphia
Flyers
40-21-15-6

24 SOG
26 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
NSH
PHI
game recap

Nashville Predators 2, Philadelphia Flyers 5 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:54 AM

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Reunited in Philadelphia, Alexei Zhamnov and Tony Amonte have formed a dominant line.

Zhamnov and Amonte each had a goal and two assists, leading the Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night.

Zhamnov has seven points in six games with the Flyers since he was acquired from Chicago last month to help fill the void at center created by injuries to All-Stars Jeremy Roenick and Keith Primeau.

``He's great to play with,'' said Amonte, who spent six seasons with Zhamnov in Chicago. ``He controls the puck so much, teams have to pay attention to him.''

Kim Johnsson had two goals and an assist for the Flyers, who snapped a three-game winless streak. Philadelphia came in tied with three other teams for first place in the Eastern Conference. They remained tied with Tampa Bay, which beat Chicago, but moved two points ahead of Ottawa and Toronto.

Robert Esche, who missed 10 games with a left knee injury, stopped 22 shots to record his first victory since Jan. 31. His best save came when he smothered a shot by Denis Arkhipov midway through the first period.

Scott Walker and Adam Hall scored for Nashville, which had a three-game unbeaten streak snapped. The Predators hadn't lost to the Flyers since a 2-0 defeat on March 21, 2000, going 2-0-2 in that span.

``Our defensive coverage was soft,'' Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. ``Our defensemen were not containing and our centermen were not doing a good job.''

Johnsson gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead just 27 seconds in with his seventh goal. He took a pass in the slot from Amonte and lifted it just under the crossbar.

Simon Gagne set up the second goal with a pass to Amonte after a bruising check on David Legwand along the boards freed the puck behind the net. Zhamnov completed the tic-tac-toe passing play with a slap shot past goaltender Chris Mason, giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead in the first period.

``Those years we played together made us understand each other. I know exactly where Tony is and I try to find him all the time,'' Zhamnov said.

Amonte's 18th goal just 1:24 into the second period gave Philadelphia a 3-0 lead. Johnsson scored a power-play goal in the third for his first multigoal game of the season.

Walker snapped Esche's shutout bid with his 21st goal midway through the third period. Hall cut it to 4-2 with 7:29 left.

Sami Kapanen had an empty-net goal for the Flyers.

``We didn't come out with enough fire to fight their energy,'' Mason said.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:27
PHI
Kim Johnsson (7) Slapshot - ASST: Tony Amonte (26), Alexei Zhamnov (15)
1 - 0 PHI
13:07
PHI
Alexei Zhamnov (9) Slapshot - ASST: Tony Amonte (27), Simon Gagne (19)
2 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
01:24
PHI
Tony Amonte (18) Slapshot - ASST: Alexei Zhamnov (16), Kim Johnsson (28)
3 - 0 PHI
3rd Period
05:44
PHI
PPG - Kim Johnsson (8) Slapshot - ASST: Mark Recchi (40), Michal Handzus (31)
4 - 0 PHI
08:37
NSH
Scott Walker (21) Slapshot - ASST: Kimmo Timonen (28), David Legwand (24)
4 - 1 PHI
12:31
NSH
Adam Hall (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Marek Zidlicky (30)
4 - 2 PHI
19:49
PHI
EN - Sami Kapanen (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Mattias Timander (5), Claude Lapointe (3)
5 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
05:52
PHI
Todd Fedoruk  Holding against  Adam Hall
10:31
PHI
Patrick Sharp  Hi-sticking against  Martin Erat
13:16
NSH
Greg Johnson  Holding against  Michal Handzus
13:16
PHI
Michal Handzus  Roughing against  Greg Johnson
3rd Period
04:01
NSH
Andreas Johansson  Roughing against  Michal Handzus
goalie stats
Chris Mason
SA: 25TOI: 57:55
Saves: 21EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .840SH: 0 - 0
Robert Esche
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0