Flames edged in Nashville

Tuesday, 13.12.2011 / 7:06 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
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Flames edged in Nashville




2011-12 Game No. 30; Road Game No. 15
Flames Record: 14-14-2

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT - KIPRUSOFF DENIES LEGWAND
FULL HIGHLIGHTS ›KIPPER STONES ERAT › GAME GALLERY ›THE FIVE TAKEAWAYS ›


CALGARYFLAMES.COM 3 STARS
1st STAR
MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF

GOALTENDER - CGY
GOALS ALLOWED: 2 | SAVES: 43
SAVE %: .955

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2nd STAR
PEKKA RINNE

GOALTENDER - NSH
GOALS ALLOWED: 1 | SAVES: 35
SAVE %: .972

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3rd STAR
CRAIG SMITH

CENTER - NSH

GOALS: 0 | ASST: 1 | SHOTS: 7 | +/-: 0
TOI: 16:04 | PIM: 0

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NASHVILLE, TN -- The Calgary Flames three-game win streak was cut short on Tuesday evening as they fell 2-1 to the Nashville Predators.

Miikka Kiprusoff put in one of his best performances of the season, stopping 43 of 45 shots.

Two of his best saves of the night came in the first stanza. His right pad stops on David Legwand and Martin Erat will be all over every highlight reel as he stoned them on what looked like sure-fire goals.

The Flames didn't come out with the start they would have hoped for, only landing six shots on net while allowing 18 to be sent at Kiprusoff.

Predators forward Matt Halischuk opened the scoring at 11:43 of the first frame. His persistance at the side of the net paid off as he was able backhand the puck over Kiprusoff after Brian McGrattan was able to get it to the net.

Calgary came out with a better effort in the second period and were able to notch the equalizer.

Curtis Glencross weaved through the defence and roofed a backhander past Rinne.

Defenceman Derek Smith picked up the lone assist, pushing him to six points in 24 games this year.

The Predators regained the lead with what would be the game-winning goal early in the third period.

Brendan Morrison was handed an interference call at 3:01 and just thirty seconds later, Nashville found themselves ahead. Colin Wilson was able to capitalize on a Craig Smith rebound, knocking it over Kiprusoff's pad.

The Flames poured on the pressure late in the period, hemming the Predators in their own zone for close to a minute and generating several quality scoring opportunities, but Rinne held his team in and carried them to victory.


PHOTO OF THE GAME
BY THE NUMBERS
STAT OF THE NIGHT
After a slow start in the shot department (landing just six in the first period), the Flames rifled 17 at Rinne in the second period. Overall, they had 36 on Tuesday night.

FLAMES LEADERS
Icetime -- Bouwmeester (26:40)
Shots -- Iginla (8)
Hits -- Jackman (2)
Blocks -- Bouwmeester (3)
Takeaways -- Backlund (3)
Faceoff Wins -- Iginla (6, 86%)
TWEET OF THE NIGHT:
@NHLFlames Kiprusoff deserves a Vezina trophy for his performance this season!!!!


FLAMES LINEUP VS. NASHVILLE
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Curtis Glencross Olli Jokinen Jarome Iginla
Alex Tanguay Roman Horak Brendan Morrison
Blake Comeau Mikael Backlund Lee Stempniak
Tom Kostopoulos Matt Stajan Tim Jackman
DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Left Defence Right Defence
Scott Hannan Derek Smith
Jay Bouwmeester Chris Butler
TJ Brodie Brett Carson
Goaltenders: Miikka Kiprusoff, Leland Irving
Starting Lineup: Kiprusoff, Hannan, Smith, Glencross, Jokinen, Iginla
POWERPLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Blake Comeau Mikael Backlund Lee Stempniak
Curtis Glencross Olli Jokinen Jarome Iginla
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Alex Tanguay Jay Bouwmeester
PENALTY KILL UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Olli Jokinen Curtis Glencross
Tom Kostopoulos Lee Stempniak
DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Left Defence Right Defence
Jay Bouwmeester Scott Hannan
Derek Smith Brett Carson