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game recap

Predators 4, Flames 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:48 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 4, Flames 3
Nashville Predators 4, Calgary Flames 3

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Better known as one of the league's leaders in penalty minutes, Nashville Predators winger Darcy Hordichuk is getting attention for his assists lately.

Hordichuk had two assists Tuesday night - giving him a goal and four assists in the last seven games - and Scottie Upshall scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:47 left as the Predators rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.

"I've never had this many points ... I'm at my career high," said a beaming Hordichuk, who has two goals and five assists after beginning the season with six points in 120 career games previously.

Nashville trailed 2-0 in the first period and 3-2 heading into the third. Jerred Smithson tied it at 8:46.

Calgary, which had won two straight, held a two-goal lead after the first period on goals by Dion Phaneuf and Marcus Nilson. However, the Predators rallied in the second behind power-play goals from Adam Hall and Vernon Fiddler.

"I learned a lot about our character," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We didn't back off. We didn't get off to the start we wanted. In the first period ... we took some undisciplined penalties and we didn't skate. But in the second and third periods we did skate and we played the way we have been playing and it showed in the final result."

Kristian Huselius put Calgary back in front late in the second, before the Flames squandered a lead for the 11th time in five games.

"We knew they would raise their game and we didn't match it after they started coming at us," the Flames' Jarome Iginla said. "It's a matter that later we've got to be better. I don't know if it's bearing down more or we've got to be more disciplined, but we're going to need to change and we have to do it in a hurry."

Despite the loss, Calgary remained tied with Edmonton for top spot in the Northwest Division.

Calgary goalie Phillippe Sauve faced 40 shots, and Nashville counterpart Tomas Vokoun stopped 23 shots.

Iginla said the Flames made some mental mistakes late in the third period that allowed Nashville to gain momentum.

"They're a good team, they're fast and we knew they would be," he said. "We've got to match that and unfortunately we didn't."

scoring summary
1st Period
05:42
CGY
PPG - Marcus Nilson (5) ASST: Andrew Ference (15), Dion Phaneuf (12)
1 - 0 CGY
19:35
CGY
PPG - Dion Phaneuf (9) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
07:37
NSH
PPG - Adam Hall (8) ASST: Dan Hamhuis (16), Marek Zidlicky (18)
2 - 1 CGY
14:05
NSH
PPG - Vernon Fiddler (5) ASST: Darcy Hordichuk (4), Paul Kariya (22)
2 - 2 Tie
17:38
CGY
Kristian Huselius (8) ASST: Jason Wiemer (2)
3 - 2 CGY
3rd Period
08:46
NSH
Jerred Smithson (3) ASST: Jordin Tootoo (4), Darcy Hordichuk (5)
3 - 3 Tie
13:13
NSH
Scottie Upshall (4) ASST: Greg Johnson (3), Adam Hall (8)
4 - 3 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
01:00
NSH
Darcy Hordichuk  Boarding against  Jordan Leopold
02:46
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Boarding against  Scott Hartnell
02:46
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
03:14
CGY
Chris Simon  Fighting (maj) against  Darcy Hordichuk
03:14
NSH
Darcy Hordichuk  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Simon
05:17
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Roughing against  Chuck Kobasew
05:17
NSH
Yanic Perreault  Roughing against  Chuck Kobasew
05:17
CGY
Chuck Kobasew  Roughing against  Yanic Perreault
12:09
CGY
Daymond Langkow  Hi-sticking against  Marek Zidlicky
12:09
CGY
Daymond Langkow  Hi-sticking against  Marek Zidlicky
12:52
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Tripping against  Shean Donovan
15:52
CGY
Shean Donovan  Holding against  Paul Kariya
17:42
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Robyn Regehr
2nd Period
01:04
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Slashing against  Dan Hamhuis
03:38
CGY
Bryan Marchment  Roughing against  Jordin Tootoo
03:38
CGY
Bryan Marchment  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jordin Tootoo
08:19
NSH
Scottie Upshall  Holding against  Chuck Kobasew
10:28
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Interference against  Jordan Leopold
13:57
CGY
Matthew Lombardi  Tripping against  Scottie Upshall
3rd Period
03:27
CGY
Matthew Lombardi  Hi-sticking against  Darcy Hordichuk
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 26TOI: 59:58
Saves: 23EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .885SH: 0 - 0
Philippe Sauve
SA: 40TOI: 59:12
Saves: 36EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 15
SV%: .900SH: 2 - 2