Nashville 5, Calgary 3

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, January 1, 2012 6:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Calgary 18-17-3-2 10-5-1-1 8-12-2-1 L3
Nashville 21-14-3-1 11-6-2-1 10-8-1-0 W3

Recap

Sergei Kostitsyn recorded his first career hat trick and Pekka Rinne secured his ninth win in 10 decisions as the Nashville Predators skated to a 5-3 road triumph over the Calgary Flames on Sunday.

Matt Halischuk and defenseman Kevin Klein also tallied and Jordin Tootoo and Patric Hornqvist notched a pair of assists apiece for Nashville, which won its third straight overall and defeated Calgary for the third time in four meetings this season.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla scored his 499th career goal and Olli Jokinen notched an assist while playing in his 1,000th NHL game.

Rene Bourque and Brendan Morrison also tallied in the third period, but Calgary could not net the equalizer against Rinne (17 saves) and suffered its third straight loss on its current season-high seven-game road trip.

After Klein leveled the contest with a blast from the point, Kostitsyn gave Nashville a 2-1 edge just 2:27 later in the first period. The Predators cycled the puck down low before Mike Fisher found Kostitsyn at the side of the net for an easy tap in.

Halischuk doubled the advantage 2:27 into the second after accepting a no-look pass from Tootoo. Kostitsyn netted his second of the night just over 3 1/2 minutes later to stake Nashville to a 4-1 lead.

Kostitsyn capped the hat trick by scoring an empty-net goal with 30 seconds remaining.

Top Game Performances

Calgary   Nashville
Rene Bourque 1 Points Sergei Kostitsyn 3
Rene Bourque 1 Goals Sergei Kostitsyn 3
T. J. Brodie 1 Assists Patric Hornqvist 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Miikka Kiprusoff .846 Save Percentage Pekka Rinne .850
Miikka Kiprusoff 22 Saves Pekka Rinne 17

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Calgary 20 3 0-2 3-3 6 29
Nashville 27 5 0-3 2-2 4 27

Upcoming Games

  • Nashville will play their next game at home against Dallas . The Predators have a W/L % of .524 after a win and .556 after a loss.
  • Calgary will play their next game on the road against Washington . The Flames have a W/L % of .368 after a win and .524 after a loss.
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