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Nashville Predators 5, Calgary Flames 3: Fisher Scores Twice in Much-Needed Win

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The Nashville Predators bounced back from early deficits to win an important game in their fight to make the Stanley Cup playoffs, led by veterans Mike Fisher & Martin Erat.

Frederick Breedon

Free frosties make for a nice way to welcome back the home fans, don't they? What started out as a frustrating, oddly-paced affair turned into a solid (and sorely needed) 5-3 win for the Nashville Predators over the Calgary Flames.

How weird was the start? Tonight marked only the third time in Predators history that they gave up two shorthanded goals in the same game (March 2 2000 vs. San Jose & March 2 2002 vs. Calgary), and both of those came in the first period.

The win moves Nashville into a tie for 9th place in the Western Conference, pending the rest of the night's action. In particular, keep an eye on Phoenix/Vancouver and Dallas/Los Angeles in late action.

The Predators host Columbus on Saturday night in a critical game for their playoff hopes. Find the best deals on tickets at TiqIQ!

Random Observations

  • You know things are going bad when we have reason for optimism (Taylor Beck draws a penalty!) deflated so quickly (groaner of a shortie given up by Rinne). The first period was an exercise in disappointment.
  • And yes, I wrote the bullet point above well before Erat's power play marker was answered just minutes later by another Flames goal to make it 2-1. Those two Calgary scores really took the wind out of a decent-sized crowd (it didn't look like a sellout, but that's what the team said).
  • It was sure nice to see things bust out in the 2nd period, though, as Fisher and Spaling made it 4-2. The Spaling goal featured an especially clever play by Bartley. He kept his head up and saw the opportunity for Spaling to deflect a shot, whereas many guys instinctively look down to handle or shoot the puck. That's a heckuva way to earn your first NHL point.
  • I really hope the Injured Reserve clears out soon, seeing two lines of Butler-Mueller-Halischuk and Yip-Spaling-Clune leads to a whole lotta dump & chase, and not in a good way.
  • Roman Josi is going to be so, so good, but along the way there will be gaffes, like his turnover that led to Calgary's first goal, and the penalty he took early in the third. Weber & Ryan Suter used to do the same things...
  • Taylor Beck also had a strong night, with four shots on goal in the first period.
  • How about Martin Erat? John Glennon runs a feature on his slump in the Tennessean this morning, so he comes up with a goal and two assists. At that rate, the team may lobby for him to switch beats with Josh Cooper full time.
  • All in all it was a solid effort tonight. Hardly the greatest game the Predators have played this season, but they responded to adversity well and lots of guys got onto the scoresheet, which can serve as a confidence builder for an important game against Columbus Saturday night.
  • Your three stars were (3) Kevin Klein, (2) Martin Erat, and (1) Mike Fisher.

Boxscore - Game Summary - Event Summary

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Nashville Predators

Player Pos ES TOI Total Shots For Total Shots Against Corsi Net Zone Starts Adjusted Corsi
Mike Fisher C 15:37 8 14 -6 -3 -5
Gabriel Bourque L 15:01 15 20 -5 -2 -4
Brandon Yip R 14:56 10 12 -2 0 -2
Martin Erat R 14:52 8 13 -5 -1 -5
Nick Spaling C 14:24 11 15 -4 +1 -4
Sergei Kostitsyn L 14:16 11 6 +5 0 +5
David Legwand C 14:03 15 13 +2 -2 +3
Rich Clune L 11:58 7 13 -6 +2 -7
Taylor Beck L 10:18 12 7 +5 +1 +5
Chris Mueller C 6:32 2 8 -6 -4 -4
Matt Halischuk R 5:21 2 4 -2 -2 -1
Bobby Butler R 3:58 2 3 -1 -1 -1
Roman Josi D 20:24 12 20 -8 -3 -7
Shea Weber D 19:20 11 21 -10 -2 -9
Kevin Klein D 16:13 18 13 +5 -2 +6
Victor Bartley D 15:29 14 11 +3 -3 +4
Ryan Ellis D 13:08 9 11 -2 +1 -2
Jonathon Blum D 11:31 7 11 -4 +1 -4

Calgary Flames

Player Pos ES TOI Total Shots For Total Shots Against Corsi Net Zone Starts Adjusted Corsi
Alex Tanguay L 16:16 14 12 +2 +2 +1
Matt Stajan C 15:46 9 10 -1 +1 -1
Jarome Iginla R 15:20 12 15 -3 +3 -4
Mike Cammalleri L 15:13 15 11 +4 +4 +2
Curtis Glencross L 14:41 14 7 +7 +4 +5
Lee Stempniak R 14:13 15 10 +5 +1 +5
Blake Comeau L 13:17 8 9 -1 -3 +0
Mikael Backlund C 12:45 12 8 +4 -3 +5
Jiri Hudler C 12:42 6 13 -7 -3 -6
Steve Begin L 5:04 7 3 +4 +2 +3
Tim Jackman R 4:04 9 2 +7 +2 +6
Brian Mcgrattan R 3:11 8 3 +5 +2 +4
Jay Bouwmeester D 20:42 17 15 +2 +1 +2
Mark Giordano D 17:58 16 14 +2 +3 +1
Tj Brodie D 17:58 22 13 +9 +2 +8
Dennis Wideman D 17:10 13 12 +1 +2 +0
Chris Butler D 11:03 7 8 -1 0 -1
Cory Sarich D 10:53 11 8 +3 0 +3