|CGY||1||2||1||0||(0 - 0)||4|
|NSH||1||2||1||0||(0 - 0)||4|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ To a young franchise trying to survive its first playoff race, a point is better than nothing. Just ask the Nashville Predators.
Jarome Iginla scored 31 seconds into the third period, and Miikka Kiprusoffstopped 28 shots in helping the Calgary Flames salvage a 4-4 tie Saturday night with the Predators.
Nashville entered two points behind sixth-place Calgary in the Western Conference, desperately needing to win with just five home games left. But the Flames stretched the Predators' winless skid to four, including two straight ties.
The Predators are tied for seventh with St. Louis, a 5-3 winner over Columbus, and a point ahead of Los Angeles.
``You don't want to slide at all,'' Nashville forward Scott Walker said. ``It's better than no points, but we had our chances to get two, and we felt we should've had it. We're going to stay positive and be happy with the point. It's too late in the year to start being negative.''
The Flames kept their cushion by extending their unbeaten streak to four. It wasn't easy, as both teams went at each other all night long, each answering every goal in a roller-coaster game.
The scoring reached a fever pitch with Nashville blowing a 3-1 lead. The teams combined for five goals within a 2:53 span that bridged the second and third periods.
Iginla capped the spurt when he scored 18 seconds after Adam Hall put Nashville up 4-3, scoring off Craig Conroy's third assist of the game and making coach Darryl Sutter very happy.
``That's huge. That's a resilient effort to come back from 3-1 and then down 4-3,'' he said.
Kiprusoff, the stingiest goalie in the NHL, stopped nine shots in the third and got a bit of luck as Steve Sullivan shot the puck over the crossbar in overtime.
Nashville coach Barry Trotz wasn't ready to bash his Predators for blowing the lead. He said they're learning how to handle playoff-like intensity and he saw improvement in how they scored against Kiprusoff.
``We did a lot of good things,'' Trotz said. ``We just have to respond. We got the lead, we've got to make sure we squeeze the life out of them.''
Andreas Johansson had a power-play goal, Jeremy Stevenson had a power-play goal, and Scott Hartnell had a goal in his first game since Feb. 20. Martin Erat had two assists.
Stevenson's power-play goal at 17:38 of the second put Nashville up 3-1 but the lead didn't last.
Tomas Vokoun, perhaps lulled by facing only seven shots through the first 35 minutes, gave up two goals within 31 seconds. Nieminen scored 50 seconds later from in front.
It got worse as Kiprusoff got an assist as he cleared the puck, and Johansson missed picking it up near the blue line. Conroy quickly found Simon skating up the slot for his 15th goal at 19:03.
Vokoun blamed himself for not making the necessary saves.
``We should've won. I owe the guys a point, and hopefully before (the season ends) I can get it back somewhere,'' he said.
The scoring started just 26 seconds in when Nilson netted his third goal in two games since being acquired from Florida.
|Marcus Nilson (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Shean Donovan (20), Denis Gauthier (11)|
1 - 0 CGY
|PPG - Andreas Johansson (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Martin Erat (28), Kimmo Timonen (30)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Scott Hartnell (15) Tip-in - ASST: Martin Erat (29), Shane Hnidy (6)|
2 - 1 NSH
|PPG - Jeremy Stevenson (3) Slapshot - ASST: Scott Walker (37), Steve Sullivan (40)|
3 - 1 NSH
|Ville Nieminen (5) Tip-in - ASST: Shean Donovan (21), Craig Conroy (33)|
3 - 2 NSH
|Chris Simon (15) Backhand shot - ASST: Craig Conroy (34), Miikka Kiprusoff (1)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Adam Hall (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Greg Johnson (14)|
4 - 3 NSH
|Jarome Iginla (36) Backhand shot - ASST: Craig Conroy (35), Rhett Warrener (12)|
4 - 4 Tie
|Toni Lydman Interference|
|Matthew Lombardi Holding - Obstruction|
|Andreas Johansson Hi-sticking|
|Shean Donovan Interference on goalkeeper|
|Shean Donovan Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Tomas Vokoun Delay of game|
|Oleg Saprykin Hi-sticking|
|Jim McKenzie Fighting (maj)|
|Krzysztof Oliwa Fighting (maj)|
|Jamie Allison Holding|
|Jordan Leopold Holding|
|Jordan Leopold Roughing|
|Steve Sullivan Elbowing|
|Stephane Yelle Hooking|
|SA: 32||TOI: 64:55|
|Saves: 28||EV: 16 - 18|
|PIM: 0||PP: 12 - 14|
|SV%: .875||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 24||TOI: 64:45|
|Saves: 20||EV: 16 - 20|
|PIM: 2||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: .833||SH: 2 - 2|