SUN Hockey Pool

Game over

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:46 AM ET

SUN THREE STARS

1. Paul Kariya, Predators

2. Steve Sullivan, Predators

3. Dan Hamhuis, Predators

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TURNING POINT:

Chris Simon's major penalty for punching Darcy Hordichuk was costly. Not only did he get the boot but the Predators scored on the powerplay to take a 6-4 lead in the second.

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BIG SAVE:

Tomas Vokoun had to make a quick adjustment to snag Chuck Kobasew's deflection with his glove tucked near his moving torso as he slid to get in position for a Dion Phaneuf point shot.

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HARD HIT:

Chuck Kobasew thought he could cruise past Dan Hamhuis after rushing up the right wing into the Predators zone. But the 23-year-old blueliner rubbed Kobasew out with authority, smashing him against the boards to break up the play late in the first period.

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UNSUNG HERO:

Scott Nichol scored his first of the year and got on the nerves of many Flames players with his pesky play, also getting into an awkward fight with Bryan Marchment.

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FIGHT CARD:

Bryan Marchment tasted Scott Nichol's lumber as the two sparred near the Flames net in the first, then dropped the gloves. Nichol threw continuous punches into Marchment's shoulder but you could score it a draw. Darren McCarty also came out on the bottom after a brief scrap with Darcy Hordichuk.

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SCRATCHES:

CALGARY -- D Cale Hulse and C Byron Ritchie were healthy scratches. D Rhett Warrener (knee) is out indefinitely. F Mike Leclerc (wrist) hasn't rejoined the team since injuring his wrist during an awkward fall in the 3-2 OT loss to Edmonton Thursday. He returned to Calgary for X-rays after finishing the game despite the discomfort.

NASHVILLE -- F Scottie Upshall,

C Vernon Fiddler (concussion), D Danny Markov (ankle), C Yanic Perreault (knee), D Mark Eaton (knee), F Scott Walker (wrist).

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BURNING QUESTION:

Can the Flames shake off this awful outing and grab some needed points against the Minnesota Wild tonight?

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WHAT IT MEANS:

Nashville sweeps the Flames this season and are now undefeated in their last six meetings (5-0-1).

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NOTEWORTHY:

The Flames left Nashville immediately following last night's game, scheduled to land in Minnesota at about 12:30 a.m. (11:30 p.m. Calgary time). Tonight is the first of two straight games against the Wild. The Flames play another pair on back-to-back nights this week in St. Louis Thursday and Columbus Friday ... Only eight Wild players are under contract for next season and the rest will be playing for their jobs as well as a shot at the playoffs.


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