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Kostitsyn's hat trick leads Preds past Flames

Sunday, 01.01.2012 / 8:52 PM

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Kostitsyn's hat trick leads Preds past Flames
Calgary Flames 3, Nashville Predators 5
Three Stars of the Game
Sergei Kostitsyn
1st
G: 3Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:03
Patric Hornqvist
2nd
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 13:54
Jordin Tootoo
3rd
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:47
Sergei Kositsyn was told by the Nashville Predators' coaching staff to shoot more. He did, and it worked out well.

Kostitsyn tallied his first NHL hat trick on just three shots as the Preds earned a 5-3 win against the Calgary Flames at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday night.

"He got three shots ... that's like 10 games for him sometimes it seems," Trotz said of Kostitsyn, who had just 37 shots in 33 games. "He's shooting the puck. We talked about him just doing that to create offense and not just to score a goal.

"If he keeps throwing the puck at the net if it doesn't go in for him it will go in for someone else. I think he's starting to get the message."

Kostitsyn scored in each period, capped by an empty-netter in the third.

"It is nice to get a hat trick and get a win," he said.

Kevin Klein and Matt Halischuk also scored for Nashville.

Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque and Brendan Morrison scored for the Flames, who have lost three straight.

Kostitsyn's first goal gave Nashville a 2-1 lead. His second made it 4-1 and he completed the hat trick with 30 seconds left. He completed the hat trick as he scooped up a shot by Klein and popped the puck into an empty net.

"I didn't know if the puck was going to go in or outside of the net," Nashville's Patric Hornqvist said of Kostitsyn's empty-net goal. "He really got on his horse and sealed the game for us. It was a big goal and big for him to get his first hat trick."

Klein, back after missing the last six games with complications from the flu, scored the first goal for the Predators with a slap shot at the 12:39 mark of the first period.

"I felt pretty good," Klein said. "I've had a couple of weeks to get my legs back. Still, in the third period I felt a little sluggish."

If Klein had scored the empty-net goal it would have been the first two-goal game of his career. He had no problems with Kostitsyn out-skating everyone else to put the finishing touch on the play.

"I'm glad for his hat trick," Klein said. "Those don't come too often. I don't really get paid to score, so it's not a big deal."

Iginla, stationed in front of the crease, beat goaltender Pekka Rinne with a wrist shot 3:47 into the game. It was his 499th career goal.

The Predators took the lead at 2-1 when Kostitsyn skated in from the right side and beat Miikka Kiprusoff to his glove side with a wrist shot from close range with 4:54 remaining in the first.

Halischuk added to the lead 2:27 into the second period with a snap shot from low in the slot.

Kostitsyn struck for the second time with a wrist shot on a 2-on-1 from the right side that went between Kiprusoff's legs at 5:59 of the second.

Calgary cut the lead to 4-2 when Bourque skated in from the left side and beat Rinne from close range 1:17 into the third period.

Morrison scored on a rebound from close range with 2:03 left to play.

Rinne finished with 17 saves.

Trotz did not expect both teams to combine for eight goals. In the previous games this season with Calgary the Predators had won 2-1 and 2-0 and lost 1-0.

"I was expecting it to be 2-2 and a shootout or overtime," Trotz said. "We talked about making sure we were really focused on the game.

"We took over in the second period. Halfway through the first period and the entire second period we were excellent. We didn't give them anything. We stayed on the puck and we had lots of chances."

Kiprusoff stopped 22 of 26 shots.

Calgary coach Brent Sutter thought three goals should have been enough for the win.

"You're up a goal, win a draw in the neutral zone and we have the puck. Instead of taking it up ice we turn back and take it into our zone and turn it over for the first goal," Sutter said. "On the second goal we lost coverage out in front of our net. The third goal was obviously a turnover in the neutral zone that turned into a 2-on-1. The fourth goal was another loss of coverage in our zone."We scored three here and we still lost the game," Sutter said. "It tells you that defensively we're not where we need to be. There are too many mistakes and it is costing us."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:47
CGY
Jarome Iginla (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Olli Jokinen (20), Curtis Glencross (11)
1 - 0 CGY
12:39
NSH
Kevin Klein (2) Slapshot - ASST: Nick Spaling (7), Jordin Tootoo (11)
1 - 1 Tie
15:06
NSH
Sergei Kostitsyn (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Fisher (9), Patric Hornqvist (6)
2 - 1 NSH
2nd Period
02:27
NSH
Matt Halischuk (9) Snap shot - ASST: Jordin Tootoo (12), Jack Hillen (4)
3 - 1 NSH
05:59
NSH
Sergei Kostitsyn (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Patric Hornqvist (7), Jerred Smithson (3)
4 - 1 NSH
3rd Period
01:17
CGY
Rene Bourque (13) Snap shot - ASST: Lee Stempniak (8), Blake Comeau (4)
4 - 2 NSH
17:57
CGY
Brendan Morrison (4) Wrist shot - ASST: TJ Brodie (6), Paul Byron (1)
4 - 3 NSH
19:30
NSH
EN - Sergei Kostitsyn (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Kevin Klein (6)
5 - 3 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
10:12
NSH
Nick Spaling  Tripping against  Jay Bouwmeester
2nd Period
11:59
CGY
Tim Jackman  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
01:56
CGY
Tom Kostopoulos  Interference against  Ryan Ellis
04:42
CGY
Paul Byron  Roughing against  Nick Spaling
05:13
NSH
Patric Hornqvist  Hi-sticking against  Miikka Kiprusoff
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 26TOI: 59:02
Saves: 22EV: 19 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 0
Pekka Rinne
SA: 20TOI: 60:00
Saves: 17EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .850SH: 0 - 0