Predators edge Flames to halt skid

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Updated: April 24, 2013

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Matt Halischuk and Austin Watson both tallied
in the third period to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 win over the
Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

Nick Spaling and David Legwand also lit the lamp for the Predators, who had
dropped eight straight entering the contest. Pekka Rinne turned aside 15-of-18
shots in the win.

“The guys have been working hard and they are not getting rewarded,” said
Nashville head coach Barry Trotz. Tonight it was good to get rewarded.”

Roman Cervenka had a pair of goals and T.J. Brodie also scored for the Flames,
who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 28 shots
in the loss.

“It was a close game, but they were the better team,” said Kiprusoff.

Brodie started things off with a goal after beating Rinne with a snap shot
from the right circle. Paul Byron found Brodie with a pass from behind the
net. Brodie used a shot fake to slip a defender before firing his second goal
of the season into the back of the net.

Legwand cleaned up a Shea Weber miss with 5:21 remaining in the opening frame
to tie things up.

Cervenka scored his first goal on a a breakaway 7:06 into the middle session.

Spaling was able to tie the game with 1:29 remaining in the second after
tipping in a Weber shot from the slot.

Watson and Halischuk scored 1:23 apart to put the Predators ahead 4-2. Craig
Smith dropped the disc back to Watson on a 3-2 rush, and Watson ripped a
slapper into the back of the net.

Bobby Butler intercepted a sloppy pass in the Flames zone and slid it to
Halischuk on the goal line. Halischuk skated in front of the net and got
Kiprusoff to drop to the ice before firing it top shelf for his fifth tally of
the season.

Cervenka added his second goal with just under five minutes remaining to
account for the final difference.

Game Notes

Nashville won the season-series 2-1 … The Predators have won five of the
last seven matchups … Nashville will visit the Detroit Red Wings on
Thursday before closing the season at Columbus on Saturday … The Flames will
travel to St. Louis on Thursday before closing their season on Friday at
Chicago.