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Roy's game winner leads Flames to 3-1 victory over Predators

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CALGARY - Andre Roy's second-period goal stood as the game-winner Friday night as the Calgary Flames won 3-1 over the Nashville Predators.

Adrian Aucoin and Matthew Lombardi also scored for the Flames (30-14-4), who maintained their 11 point lead atop the Northwest Division and moved to within five points of the second-place Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference.

J.P. Dumont replied for the Predators (21-24-3), who remain in 14th spot in the Western Conference, eights point out of the final playoff spot.

Breaking down the wing against all-star defenceman Shea Weber, Eric Nystrom made a nifty move cutting suddenly to the middle. As Weber slid helplessly out of the play, Nystrom slid a perfect pass across to Roy, who fired in his third goal of the season.

That would be all the offence needed by Miikka Kiprusoff, who made 28 saves to earn his league-leading 30th victory.

Kiprusoff was in vintage form in the third period.

With Nashville a goal away from tying the score and applying enormous pressure on a power play, Kiprusoff made five saves in short order. Each of them were superb stops but the best of the bunch came off Ryan Jones, who looked to have the open side only to see Kiprusoff scramble across and spectacularly deflect the puck away with the paddle of his stick.

As the penalty ended, chants of "Kipper, Kipper" broke out from the appreciative sell-out Pengrowth Saddledome crowd of 19,289.

After nearly tying the game, Jones ended his shift by taking a slashing penalty and he was one of the Predators in the penalty box when the Flames earned some breathing room, making it 3-1 on a two-man advantage.

Michael Cammalleri sent a pass across to Aucoin, whose one-time of a bouncing puck resulted in a knuckler that fooled Pekka Rinne at 12:30.

Aucoin's fifth goal of the season extends his points-streak to six games (one goal, six assists) while Cammalleri's assist runs his points streak to eight games (11 goals, three assists).

After a scoreless opening period, Calgary took a 1-0 lead at 7:23 of the second as Lombardi was set up neatly by his two linemates.

David Moss banked the puck behind the Predators net to Curtis Glencross who quickly centred the puck to Lombardi for a one-timer from the top of the goal crease.

Lombardi's fifth goal of the season came on the Flames' 19th shot of the game.

Trailing 2-0, Nashville got back to within one at 8:27 of the third.

Rookie Flames defenceman Adam Pardy fell at the Nashville blue-line - resulting in a three-on-one - and Dumont finished it off, tucking his own rebound behind Kiprusoff.

Although Calgary outshot Nashville 15-5 in the first period, there were few dangerous chances.

The Flames finished up 1-for-7 on the power play while Nashville was 0-for-4.

Notes: Iginla was held without a point, keeping him at 817 for his career - 13 back of franchise leader Theoren Fleury (830) and five behind runner-up Al MacInnis. ... The Flames franchise record for wins in a season by a goalie is 42 set by Kiprusoff in his Vezina-winning season in 2005-06... Nashville has killed off 68 of its last 74 penalties over the past 20 games. Ranked 20th in the league in penalty killing at the start of that stretch, they were sixth in the league going into Friday's game... As a Predator, Jason Arnott has thrived against Calgary with 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in 12 games.

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