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Inside The Game: Nashville Predators

Saturday, 16.03.2013 / 1:21 AM / News
By Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)

FLAMES WRANGLE PREDATORS 6-3

CALGARY, AB -- The cowboy managed to wrangle up the Nashville Predators on Western Night at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Flames chased Pekka Rinne after just two shots and Curtis Glencross notched a third period hat-trick en route to dumping the Predators 6-3 on Friday night.

After dancing Brandon Yip at the blueline, Mark Giordano fired a shot over the blocker of Rinne and under the bar at 6:20 of the first period to give the Flames a 1-0 lead.

It was Calgary’s first shot of the game. They made good on their second, too.

Blake Comeau converted on a nifty set-up from Mikael Backlund and Jiri Hudler that sucked Rinne out of position and eventually out of the game at the eight-minute mark.

Hudler made it 3-0 just 3:38 into the second period, redirecting a Mike Cammalleri feed in the slot behind Chris Mason for a 3-0 lead.

Gabriel Bourque, scoring in his third consecutive game, cut the lead to 3-1.

Glencross’ heroics started, scoring 1:14 into the third period.

Mike Fisher answered the goal two minutes later, but Glencross responded again, restoring the three-goal lead for the Flames.

After David Legwand scored with 2:19 remaining, Glencross hit the back of an empty net to rain down cowboy hats for the 6-3 final.

GOAL OF THE GAME

Breaking out of the Flames zone with the puck, Backlund gained the Predators’ blueline before firing a cross ice pass to Hudler. Without hesitation, Hudler put the puck back in the slot to Comeau, who chased Rinne with his second goal in as many games.

SAVE OF THE GAME

Kicking out an uncharacteristic rebound into the slot, Miikka Kiprusoff recovered in time to deny Craig Smith’s rebound attempt four minutes into the game.

TURNING POINT

Already up 2-0, Hudler’s goal early in the second period gave Calgary a three-goal lead and paced the Flames to a comfortable victory.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

“After I got the second one, I said 'It would be kind of cool to see a whole bunch of cowboy hats come on the ice. It's a little different. Doesn't happen very often.”

-Curtis Glencross on making cowboy hats rain down with his hat-trick.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

With his first period goal, Comeau scored in consecutive games for the first time as a member of the Flames and first since March of 2011 with the New York Islanders.

LINEUP NOTES

Forward Roman Cervenka and defensemen Cory Sarich and Anton Babchuk served as Calgary’s scratches against the Predators.

COMING UP

The Flames hit the road for a three-game trip that will put them against the Dallas Stars (6:30 p.m. MT, SNET-W) and the Predators on Thursday (6 p.m. MT, SNET-W) before tackling the Columbus Blue Jackets (5 p.m. MT, SNET-W) on Friday.