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Calgary Flames 4, Nashville Predators 4 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Calgary Flames 4, Nashville Predators 4 FINAL OT
Calgary Flames 4, Nashville Predators 4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ To a young franchise trying to survive its first playoff race, a point is better than nothing. Just ask the Nashville Predators.

Jarome Iginla scored 31 seconds into the third period, and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 28 shots in helping the Calgary Flames salvage a 4-4 tie Saturday night with the Predators.

Nashville entered two points behind sixth-place Calgary in the Western Conference, desperately needing to win with just five home games left. But the Flames stretched the Predators' winless skid to four, including two straight ties.

The Predators are tied for seventh with St. Louis, a 5-3 winner over Columbus, and a point ahead of Los Angeles.

``You don't want to slide at all,'' Nashville forward Scott Walker said. ``It's better than no points, but we had our chances to get two, and we felt we should've had it. We're going to stay positive and be happy with the point. It's too late in the year to start being negative.''

The Flames kept their cushion by extending their unbeaten streak to four. It wasn't easy, as both teams went at each other all night long, each answering every goal in a roller-coaster game.

The scoring reached a fever pitch with Nashville blowing a 3-1 lead. The teams combined for five goals within a 2:53 span that bridged the second and third periods.

Iginla capped the spurt when he scored 18 seconds after Adam Hall put Nashville up 4-3, scoring off Craig Conroy's third assist of the game and making coach Darryl Sutter very happy.

``That's huge. That's a resilient effort to come back from 3-1 and then down 4-3,'' he said.

Kiprusoff, the stingiest goalie in the NHL, stopped nine shots in the third and got a bit of luck as Steve Sullivan shot the puck over the crossbar in overtime.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz wasn't ready to bash his Predators for blowing the lead. He said they're learning how to handle playoff-like intensity and he saw improvement in how they scored against Kiprusoff.

``We did a lot of good things,'' Trotz said. ``We just have to respond. We got the lead, we've got to make sure we squeeze the life out of them.''

Shean Donovan added two assists for Calgary, which also got goals from Marcus Nilson, Ville Nieminen and Chris Simon.

Andreas Johansson had a power-play goal, Jeremy Stevenson had a power-play goal, and Scott Hartnell had a goal in his first game since Feb. 20. Martin Erat had two assists.

Stevenson's power-play goal at 17:38 of the second put Nashville up 3-1 but the lead didn't last.

Tomas Vokoun, perhaps lulled by facing only seven shots through the first 35 minutes, gave up two goals within 31 seconds. Nieminen scored 50 seconds later from in front.

It got worse as Kiprusoff got an assist as he cleared the puck, and Johansson missed picking it up near the blue line. Conroy quickly found Simon skating up the slot for his 15th goal at 19:03.

Vokoun blamed himself for not making the necessary saves.

``We should've won. I owe the guys a point, and hopefully before (the season ends) I can get it back somewhere,'' he said.

The scoring started just 26 seconds in when Nilson netted his third goal in two games since being acquired from Florida.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:26
CGY
Marcus Nilson (9) ASST: Shean Donovan (20), Denis Gauthier (11)
1 - 0 CGY
02:39
NSH
PPG - Andreas Johansson (9) ASST: Martin Erat (28), Kimmo Timonen (30)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
10:20
NSH
Scott Hartnell (15) ASST: Martin Erat (29), Shane Hnidy (6)
2 - 1 NSH
17:38
NSH
PPG - Jeremy Stevenson (3) ASST: Scott Walker (37), Steve Sullivan (40)
3 - 1 NSH
18:28
CGY
Ville Nieminen (5) ASST: Shean Donovan (21), Craig Conroy (33)
3 - 2 NSH
19:02
CGY
Chris Simon (15) ASST: Craig Conroy (34), Miikka Kiprusoff (1)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
00:13
NSH
Adam Hall (10) ASST: Greg Johnson (14)
4 - 3 NSH
00:31
CGY
Jarome Iginla (36) ASST: Craig Conroy (35), Rhett Warrener (12)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
01:08
CGY
Toni Lydman  Interference
04:02
CGY
Matthew Lombardi  Holding - Obstruction
11:17
NSH
Andreas Johansson  Hi-sticking
16:59
CGY
Shean Donovan  Interference on goalkeeper
16:59
CGY
Shean Donovan  Unsportsmanlike conduct
2nd Period
05:27
NSH
Tomas Vokoun  Delay of game
08:02
CGY
Oleg Saprykin  Hi-sticking
10:26
NSH
Jim McKenzie  Fighting (maj)
10:26
CGY
Krzysztof Oliwa  Fighting (maj)
14:44
NSH
Jamie Allison  Holding
16:42
CGY
Jordan Leopold  Holding
19:44
CGY
Jordan Leopold  Roughing
19:44
NSH
Steve Sullivan  Elbowing
3rd Period
01:45
CGY
Stephane Yelle  Hooking
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 32TOI: 64:55
Saves: 28EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 24TOI: 64:45
Saves: 20EV: 16 - 20
PIM: 2PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .833SH: 2 - 2