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This Week in Preds History: (Dec. 14 - Dec. 20)

by Kevin Wilson / Nashville Predators

During this week in Nashville Predators history, an inaugural shutout of Detroit, Steve Sullivan records a natural hat trick in under six minutes and twin four-point nights during the team's first season.

December 14, 2006: Sullivan notches hat trick in franchise-record 5:56


iThe Ottawa Senators would eventually win the Eastern Conference and play for the Stanley Cup, but on Dec. 14, 2006, the night clearly belonged to Steve Sullivan and the Nashville Predators. Nashville topped the Sens 6-0 behind Sullivan’s natural hat trick and a 22-save shutout by Chris Mason.
 
Sullivan’s sixth career hat trick and third as a Predator came in a span of 5:56 in the second period, making it the fastest three goals scored by an individual Nashville player. J-P Dumont provided the playmaking, setting up Sullivan on all three markers.
 
"I've got to give credit to J-P Dumont," Sullivan said. "All three of them were me just trying to get open and him giving me some empty-netters. He sees the ice tremendously well. He's known as a pure-goal scorer but his vision is very good on the ice. He holds on to the puck, waits for guys to open up and makes great passes.”
 
The victory was the second of five in a row for the Predators, a stretch in which they outscored their opponent 16-6. It was the second of three winning streaks that saw Nashville win five or more games consecutively, as it went on to finish with franchise record 51 wins and 110 points.

December 19, 1998: Bordeleau and Krivo record four-point games in Vancouver

Thirty games into the franchise’s history, Sebastien Bordeleau and Sergei Krivokrasov each hit a special, individual scoring milestone. In a 6-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks on the Pacific coast, the pair notched four-point efforts, both registering two goals and two assists.
 
Nashville entered the game with just three power-play goals in 55 chances on the road that season, but converted three of four opportunities with the man advantage that night.  “Krivo” had one of the three, while Andrew Brunette and Denny Lambert pitched in the other two. The trio of power-play goals helped Nashville storm back from a 3-1 deficit..
 
"A great win and a great comeback," Krivokrasov said. "Tonight was very important for us because it gives us some confidence – something we've been lacking recently. We battled hard and we got the result we needed."
 
Both of Bordeleau’s tallies came in the third frame, including the eventual game-winner at 3:26, to cap off the historic evening.

December 20, 2003: Vokoun registers first shutout against Detroit

The 2003-04 season series between the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings had several memorable chapters, and the feud boiled over into a classic six-game Stanley Cup playoff series.  After a fight-filled win in Nashville and an historic come-from-behind win in the Motor City, the third head-to-head meeting between these Central Division rivals was highlighted by a 21-save effort from goalie Tomas Vokoun and a third-period goal by then-rookie defenseman Dan Hamhuis in front of a sellout crowd in Music City.
 
Ten seconds after emerging from the penalty box, Hamhuis scored his first career game-winning goal against Detroit netminder Curtis Joseph.
 
"I just came down the middle of the ice to support and play defense,'' Hamhuis said. "The puck squirted out. I noticed that their one defenseman was down, so it's a two-on-one with David Legwand. As I skated on the ice, their defenseman slid over and gave me a lot of room on that side. I took a shot, and it went in.''
 
The shutout was the 18th in franchise history, and the Predators first against the Red Wings.

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