Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

PREDATORS 5 FLAMES 3

SUN THREE STARS

1. Martin Erat, Predators -- Was dangerous every time he grabbed the puck, on top of his goal and assist.

2. David Legwand, Predators -- A goal and two assists.

3. Kristian Huselius, Flames -- A pair of goals, including his 19th of the year, and a handful of nifty plays.

UNSUNG HERO

The Predators defence corps is starting to take shape for the future. Ryan Suter and Shea Weber aren't point producers but did a marvellous job in their zone.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

Because they were outworked and outhit despite being up a goal after the first period and didn't take advantage of their scoring chances through a second period in which they had a couple of opportunities to pull away by a pair.

HUGE HITS

The Flames were on the receiving end of plenty of hits. The most highlight worthy, albeit with an elbow to the chops, came in the second period when Scott Nichol charged at Calgary defenceman Dion Phaneuf and hit him flush.

FIGHT CARD

None.

BURNING QUESTION

How many more games will it take for the Flames to beat Nashville?

WHAT IT MEANS

One of Calgary's games in hand on those closest to them in the Northwest Division wasted. The Flames still have a one-point lead on both Vancouver and Minnesota.

NOTABLES

G Miikka Kiprusoff was named the NHL's second star for the week, posting one shutout along with a 1.33 average and .949 save percentage in three wins ... RW Chuck Kobasew returned home to Calgary. The team said the right-winger, out since Jan. 4 due to a concussion, didn't suffer a setback but it was deemed he won't be able to play on the trip.

UP NEXT

Flames at Dallas Stars, tomorrow, 6:30 p.m., TSN, FAN 960.


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