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Nashing their teeth

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

NASHVILLE -- First the Calgary Flames conquered the shootout at home, then snapped a seven-game skid on the road. They followed that up by stringing together a second straight win away from the 'Dome for the first time since the second month of the season.

The only item remaining on their latest to-do list: A win against the Nashville Predators.

A checkmark in that box will have to wait after the Predators once again beat up the Flames 6-3 last night at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.

The Flames haven't been able to take two points from the Preds since Jan. 22, 2004. Their last win in Nashville was way back on Dec. 12, 2002.

The Flames twice fought back to within a goal only to collapse thanks to a lack of discipline late in the second period and the third.

Shea Weber scored with two seconds to play in the middle frame to give the Predators a 4-2 lead during the first of two 5-on-3 powerplays that put the game completely in the hands of the home side.

Weber scored again on the second two-man advantage early in the third after Roman Hamrlik committed his third obstruction infraction of the night and Brad Stuart sent the puck over the glass seconds later.

"We worked hard and just got ourselves in penalty trouble," said Stuart. "I need to take full responsibility for putting our team in a situation where we're down 5-on-3 by shooting the puck over the glass.

"When you get behind on that team you've got to start pressing and they're probably going to get more opportunities. At that point it becomes a back-and-forth game that you want to avoid.

"But when you're down, it's almost inevitable."

As inevitable as a Flames loss has become when they face the Predators.

The visitors showed they were capable of controlling the pace as they worked the boards in the offensive end for long spurts. One instance was followed by Jarome Iginla's second goal of the game to make it 3-2 Preds in the second period before the penalty woes took root.

"We were just battling from behind the whole time. When we did get some plays down low and seemed to be taking over, we'd either take penalties or make some mistakes," said Regehr, who fought pest Jordin Tootoo before the final buzzer.

"A team like that -- a great offensive team, guys that love to go on offence -- you're playing right into their hands."

With the loss, the Flames dropped to the final playoff spot in the conference.

"We were really fully expecting to come in here and play a good solid road game and get a win," said Regehr.

The Flames other marker came courtesy of Jeff Friesen his fourth of the season.

Adding injury to insult, defenceman Andrei Zyuzin was taken to hospital for observation after taking a stick to the throat in the second period.


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