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Calgary
Flames
42-30-10
Nashville
Predators
41-32-9

30 SOG
25 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
CGY
NSH
game recap

Flames 7, Predators 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Flames 7, Predators 4
Calgary Flames 7, Nashville Predators 4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -The Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators are headed in opposite directions.

Kristian Huselius scored two goals, and Flames captain Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist to help Calgary beat Nashville 7-4 on Saturday night.

The Flames have won their last two games after opening the season 0-2-1.

"It feels good as a team to put back-to-back wins together in two very tough places to play," Iginla said. "If you look at the standings, we are not happy with where we are at, but it is something to build on."

The Predators have dropped three straight after winning their first two games.

"Our decision making the last two games has been atrocious," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We dig ourselves a hole, fight back, then someone makes a poor decision and it ends up in our net."

The teams traded first period power-play goals. Daymond Langkow scored for the Flames, and Alexander Radulov answered for the Predators.

The first period gave way to a wild second period in which the teams combined for six goals, one of which was a short-handed goal from Calgary's Matthew Lombardi.

J.P. Dumont scored the final goal of the second period with just 16 seconds remaining.

Jason Arnott's slap shot from the left point was deflected by Martin Gelinas and then by Dumont past Calgary goalie Mikka Kiprusoff, sending the teams to their locker rooms with the score tied 4-4.

"It's tough that they tied it up at the end of the period like that," Kiprusoff said. "We treated it like it was a 0-0 game, and we had 20 minutes left to win it."

The Flames owned the third period, getting goals from Eric Godard, Iginla, and Huselius. Iginla's goal was the end of the night for Nashville goalie Chris Mason.

"Hockey is a game of momentum, and if you are not on top of your game each and every shift it can get away from you," Calgary coach Mike Keenan said. "We got some opportunities in the third and we capitalized on them, then we learned something about defending a lead."

Mason was pulled in Wednesday's loss at St. Louis as well.

"Turnovers are going to be there all year, but I have got to be there," Mason said. "It's my job to make some saves when we break down and keep us in the game."

Notes: Lombardi's short-handed goal was the second such goal allowed by the Predators this season. Nashville gave up two short-handed goals last season, fewest in the NHL. ... The Flames' last previous win in Nashville was Dec. 17, 2002. ... Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis has at least a point in each of Nashville's five games this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
12:25
CGY
PPG - Daymond Langkow (5) ASST: Adrian Aucoin (1), Anders Eriksson (2)
1 - 0 CGY
18:57
NSH
PPG - Alexander Radulov (1) ASST: Dan Hamhuis (5), Martin Erat (6)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
03:26
CGY
Craig Conroy (1) ASST: Jarome Iginla (3), Adrian Aucoin (2)
2 - 1 CGY
06:39
CGY
Kristian Huselius (3) ASST: Rhett Warrener (1)
3 - 1 CGY
09:48
NSH
Radek Bonk (3) ASST: Jordin Tootoo (1), Vernon Fiddler (2)
3 - 2 CGY
13:27
CGY
SHG - Matthew Lombardi (3) ASST: Rhett Warrener (2)
4 - 2 CGY
17:07
NSH
Jason Arnott (3) ASST: J-P Dumont (2), Vernon Fiddler (3)
4 - 3 CGY
19:44
NSH
J-P Dumont (3) ASST: Martin Gelinas (1), Jason Arnott (4)
4 - 4 Tie
3rd Period
04:02
CGY
Eric Godard (1) ASST: Stephane Yelle (2), Mark Smith (1)
5 - 4 CGY
07:37
CGY
Jarome Iginla (2) ASST: Daymond Langkow (1)
6 - 4 CGY
16:16
CGY
Kristian Huselius (4) ASST: Daymond Langkow (2), Dion Phaneuf (3)
7 - 4 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
02:30
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Boarding against  Jordin Tootoo
10:44
NSH
Martin Gelinas  Holding against  Adrian Aucoin
13:05
NSH
Jason Arnott  Holding against  Matthew Lombardi
17:02
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Holding against  Ville Koistinen
2nd Period
10:11
CGY
Matthew Lombardi  Hooking against  David Legwand
12:42
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Tripping against  Jed Ortmeyer
3rd Period
00:25
NSH
Jed Ortmeyer  Fighting (maj) against  Adrian Aucoin
00:25
CGY
Adrian Aucoin  Fighting (maj) against  Jed Ortmeyer
01:34
NSH
Ville Koistinen  Interference against  Mark Smith
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 25TOI: 59:32
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .840SH: 1 - 1
Chris Mason
SA: 23TOI: 47:36
Saves: 17EV: 11 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .739SH: 2 - 3
Dan Ellis
SA: 7TOI: 12:23
Saves: 6EV: 6 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0