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Inside the Game: Flames thump Predators

Notes, quotes, stats and more from the Flames-Predators game

Monday, 30.11.2009 / 8:09 PM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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Inside the Game: Flames thump Predators
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NASHVILLE -- Miikka Kiprusoff earned his second straight shutout en route to a 5-0 thumping of the Nashville Predators.

The Flames are now 10-1-3 on the road this season and with the win over Nashville they set a franchise record with points in 10 straight games away from the Pengrowth Saddledome.

"We did a real good job here tonight of playing really smart hockey. Our puck management was good," head coach Brent Sutter told Rogers Sportsnet after the victory.

"I would say it was a very good effort on everyone's part."

David Moss opened the scoring early in the middle stanza when he made a textbook shot block in the neutral zone and sprung himself on a breakaway. The 27 year-old went five-hole on Pekke Rinne with a nice backhand shot and earned his fifth goal of the year.

The Flames went ahead by two just a few minutes later when Nigel Dawes potted his fourth tally in his as many games. Jarome Iginla snapped a hard shot on net and Rinne made the initial save but couldn't move his left pad over in time to stop Dawes from putting the rebound in the net.

Adam Pardy, who had one of his strongest performances on the season, gave the Flames a commanding 3-0 lead midway through the third period when he leaped into the play as soon as he was off the bench. Olli Jokinen carried the puck into the offensive zone, waited patiently for Pardy to get himself into the play, passed it over and the young blueliner sent a hard wrist shot past the netminder.

The final few minutes of the game saw Curtis Glencross score a shorthanded goal and Jarome Iginla pot his 17th tally of the season while the Flames were on a late power play.

The Flames fourth stop on their six-game road trip is Phoenix. They'll take on the Coyotes on Thursday night at 7:30 PM MST on Calgary Flames PPV & The FAN 960.

WHY CALGARY WON
The Flames played a gritty, defensively solid game for the full 60 minutes. They won almost all the board battles, took away the shooting lanes and didn't allow the Predators to generate much of a forecheck and they didn't sit back at all once. They stuck with the game plan for the entire game and their puck support was tremendous.

GAME NOTES
There was only one lineup change from Saturday night's game against Columbus: Brian McGrattan replaced Brandon Prust on the fourth line. The Predators responded by inserting tough guy Wade Belak. Not suprisingly, the two heavyweights dropped the gloves early in the first period ... the Flames have scored first in 21 of 26 games and are an impressive 15-3-3 in that span ... the Flames penalty kill on the road is the best in the league.

THE NUMBERS GAME
Dawes is currently riding a four-game points streak. He's scored a goal in each of his last four outings and now has eight tallies this season ... Glencross scored his second shorthanded goal this year ... Kiprusoff hasn't allowed a goal in 135:23 ... this was Kiprusoff's 33rd career shutout ... Calgary has won four straight games in the Sommet Center ... Iginla has 17 goals this campaign.

THE BIG SAVE
The Predators strongest period was the second when they put 11 pucks on net and were able to sustain some pressure in the Flames zone. At one point, the red-hot David Legwand tried to beat Kiprusoff stick side by firing a quick shot from close range but the Finnish netminder said no way and got his body over just in time to make the save.

OUR 3 STARS

Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla
Miikka Kiprusoff
Stopped 22 shots to earn his second straight shutout
Curtis Glencross
A goal and two helpers in his 14:53 of ice time
Adam Pardy
A goal in his strongest game of the season