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Calgary
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46-30-6
Nashville
Predators
40-34-8

26 SOG
26 SOG
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CGY
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game recap

Flames 3, Predators 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:24 AM

Associated Press

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Flames 3, Predators 2
Calgary Flames 3, Nashville Predators 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -In a matchup of teams heading in different directions in the Western Conference, Todd Bertuzzi's late third-period efforts ensured that they both continued their streaks.

Bertuzzi scored with 23.4 seconds remaining in the third period to lead the Calgary Flames to their fifth straight win with a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday afternoon.

Nashville's loss was its fourth in a row. The Predators have lost all three games against the Flames this season.

With time winding down in the third, Craig Conroy forced a turnover by Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis deep in the Predators' zone. Conroy passed to Bertuzzi, and he skated toward the net from the right side and snapped a shot by Nashville goaltender Dan Ellis.

"Craig did a good job getting it down low, and fed me in the slot," Bertuzzi said. "I was able to make a good shot. It was good to come back from behind and win again."

"We play a second and third period like we did, and then we have one little bad play that turns out to be the game-winning goal," Ellis said. "Those are the little things that we really need to bear down on, the errors, because that is what is costing us."

The assist was the 500th career NHL point for the 14-year veteran Conroy.

"Five hundred points in a league that I thought I was never get to play in is probably the most rewarding thing for me," Conroy said. "And to have it be the game-winner by Bertuzzi, what a great play by him."

Bertuzzi also received the primary assist on Daymond Langkow's game-tying goal at 12:46 of the third.

"His individual effort and skill to set Langkow up and then to go to the net and have the patience, the poise, and the skill to put it in the top shelf, that is just talent," Calgary coach Mike Keenan said. "The most important thing that he showed was poise. He gave himself a lot of time to make that play."

The teams traded first-period goals with Nashville's Jerred Smithson opening the scoring at the 9:11 mark. Curtis Glencross answered at 18:44 for Calgary.

Smithson's goal was his second of the season. He beat Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff with a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot.

Glencross drove from behind the Nashville net and beat Ellis with a backhand high to the stick side.

Jason Arnott broke the 1-1 tie at 11:57 of the second period.

In the left corner of the Calgary zone, Martin Erat sent a pass to J.P. Dumont at the left faceoff dot. Dumont faked a slap shot, freezing Kiprusoff in the process, and then slid a pass to Arnott skating in on the right side. Arnott put the puck into the vacated net for his 15th goal of the season.

Arnott, the Nashville captain, has three goals and two assists in three games against the Flames this season.

Calgary managed five shots on goal in the second period despite having four power plays. The Flames and Predators were both 0-for-5 on the power play.

"We played a very good team and we played hard," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "It's disappointing, I think we should have had one point for sure."

Notes: Glencross was playing in his second game back after missing six with a knee injury. ... Smithson's goal was his first since Oct. 25, a 29-game drought. ... After ending an 11-game stretch without a goal, Arnott has two in his past three games. ... Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf has not scored a goal in his past 21 games.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:11
NSH
Jerred Smithson (2) Snap shot - ASST: Radek Bonk (9), Antti Pihlstrom (2)
1 - 0 NSH
18:44
CGY
Curtis Glencross (6) Backhand shot - ASST: Matthew Lombardi (9), David Moss (7)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
11:57
NSH
Jason Arnott (15) Tip-in - ASST: J-P Dumont (24), Martin Erat (15)
2 - 1 NSH
3rd Period
12:46
CGY
Daymond Langkow (11) Backhand shot - ASST: Todd Bertuzzi (18), Rene Bourque (10)
2 - 2 Tie
19:36
CGY
Todd Bertuzzi (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Craig Conroy (18), Dion Phaneuf (21)
3 - 2 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
11:14
CGY
Eric Nystrom  Hi stick - double minor against  Kevin Klein
2nd Period
03:49
NSH
Radek Bonk  Cross checking against  Andre Roy
07:10
NSH
Martin Erat  Tripping against  Cory Sarich
09:47
NSH
Martin Erat  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
14:58
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Hooking against  Daymond Langkow
17:19
CGY
Adrian Aucoin  Hooking against  Antti Pihlstrom
3rd Period
00:39
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Hooking against  Martin Erat
07:37
NSH
Jason Arnott  Hooking against  Craig Conroy
08:15
CGY
Rene Bourque  Hooking against  Greg Zanon
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 26TOI: 59:35
Saves: 24EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .923SH: 2 - 2
Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis
10-14-3
SA: 26TOI: 59:54
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .885SH: 1 - 1