With this crucial, late-season intra-conference matchup tied 4-4 midway through the game, the Nashville Predators poured it on, scoring five unanswered goals to tie a franchise record with a 9-4 victory. The only other time a Nashville team had scored nine goals in a single outing was March 4, 2004 at Pittsburgh.
"We've talked about expecting the unexpected a little bit," head coach Barry Trotz said "We've always had a 2-1, 3-2 sort of game with Calgary. Obviously that's not really what happened tonight. It was sort of whoever would get the last power play would win the game, it seemed like."
Mike Sillinger led the offensive assault, tallying four assists, two of which came on the power play, which finished the evening 3-for-nine. Three other Preds notched three-point games, led by Paul Kariya’s two goals and an assist.
It was a typical wild affair between the two squads, featuring countless scrums and a pair of bouts. The turning point ultimately came due to bad blood, when Calgary’s Chris Simon was sent off for five minutes with an intent to injure penalty after cross-checking Darcy Hordichuk in the face at 14:12 of the second. The Predators tallied a pair of power-play goals with Simon in the box, starting the rally.
"He recognized that Simon wanted to get something involved with him," Trotz said of Hordichuk. "Obviously Simon did it and he got called on it. That was a real big turning point. After that, I thought we stayed to the game plan and we accomplished what we wanted to do."
The nine-goal outburst gave the Predators a clean sweep in four games against Calgary during the 2005-06 season, and was eighth of a 10-game stretch where the Preds went 8-0-2 en route to their best finish in franchise history.