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Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:19 AM ET

NEXT GAME FLAMES AT DETROIT RED WINGS

TOMORROW AT 5:30 P.M., TV: PPV, RADIO: FAN 960

SUN THREE STARS:

1. Tomas Vokoun, Predators -- Stole the game with a 31-save performance.

2. Marcus Nilson, Flames -- Team's best forward in the game earned promotion to top line.

3. Vernon Fiddler, Predators -- Notched goal and assist in victory.

TURNING POINT:

Vernon Fiddler's late first-period goal goes down as the game winner but the real key came late in the third when Adam Hall returned on the backcheck and lifted Jarome Iginla's stick at the last second to take away a terrific chance to tie the game.

BIG SAVE:

In the first, Nashville's quick transition game came to the fore to generate the Predators' first real scoring chance. The quick passing play came to Paul Kariya in the low slot but Miikka Kiprusoff stuck out his left leg just in time to make a key stop.

HARD HIT:

Stephane Yelle was streaking down the right wing but was taken out by Nashville's young defenceman Dan Hamhuis with a perfect hip check. To add insult to the Flames, Chris Simon drilled Hamhuis right after and was given a boarding penalty.

UNSUNG HERO:

Preds defenceman Dan Hamhuis was stellar on special teams and threw some great hits.

SCRATCHES:

FLAMES -- C Matthew Lombardi (high ankle sprain) was joined on the sidelines by D Steve Montador, D Bryan Marchment and C Jason Wiemer.

PREDATORS -- RW Scott Walker (hernia), C Scott Nichol (foot), C Greg Johnson (groin) and D Danny Markov (groin) are all on the shelf.

BURNING QUESTION:

Is this the beginning of another disappointing extended road trip for the Flames?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN:

The end of a good month, 10-2-1, but the Flames are now winless in their last two outings, one by shootout.

NOTABLES:

Calgary now has only one win in its last nine visits to Music City, a 1-7-1 record that began in the fall of 2000.


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