PREDATORS 2 FLAMES 1
GAME AT A GLANCE
After a lsow start the Calgary Flames gained momentum and the lead in a game in which goals were hard to come by.
But, in overtime, the Predators jumped on a loose puck in the Flames zone and J.P. Dumont scored 2:13 into the extra period to hand the Flames a 2-1 overtime defeat.
The Flames had their chances to put this game away but the power play wasn't able to click.
"We didn't deserve the win tonight," said head coach Mike Keenan.
"We definitely need some more goals and have to get the power play clicking on all cylinders," said forward Craig Conroy, the Flames lone scorer.
The Predators faought back in the third to tie the game 1-1 with 11:02 remaining when former Flame Scott Nichol's wrister hit Miikka Kiprusoff in the arm and deflected up into the top corner. That ended more than 100 minutes of shutout hockey by the Flames goaltender.
The Flames caught a big break when Shea Weber missed a cross-ice pass that bounced off the boards inside the Nashville zone where Craig Conroy picked up the puck and waltzed in on a breakaway to beat Dan Ellis and put the Flames up 1-0. For Conroy, it was his second goal in as many games.
Atthe time of the goal the Flames were being outshot 22-13 but they battled their way back into the shot game, finishing the second period down 25-17 in shots.
Tempers began to flare late in the second period when Dion Phaneuf, on the crease during a power play, was chopped after the whistle by Greg Zanon. Phaneuf was upset at the chop, which may have caught him on the hand. Although there was plenty of pushing and shoving, no fights resulted from the ensuing scrum.
Early in the first period Matthew Lombardi broke in on a partial breakaway with the Flames shorthanded. He got behind the defence but had the puck roll off his stick at the last second.
The Flames took the first two penalties of the game which negated the quick start they were looking for. By the time Owen Nolan had exited the box from the second penalty the Flames were being outshot 8-1 and goalie Miikka Kiprusoff had been sharp, stopping several blasts from the point during the power plays.
The Flames didn't really spark things up until late in the first period when the Predators took some penalties, leading to a lengthy five-on-three. Even so, the period ended tied and the Flames were outshor 14-6 by the visitors.
"We have to take the positives. We played two pretty good periods," said forward Daymond Langkow.