Calgary, Alberta – The Nashville Predators won the second game of their four game road trip through Canada, with a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames tonight.
Juuse Saros started his second game in a row in net for the Predators, fending off 33 of 35 shots on goal for the win. Cam Talbot took the loss in net for the Flames.
Nashville now finds itself right back in the playoff picture with tonight’s win, trailing these Flames by just one point for the wild-card spot in the western conference.Calgary got on the board right off the opening face-off, when Sam Bennett took a back-door feed from Travis Hamonic and tipped the puck past Saros, and just 33 seconds into the game, and Calgary took the 1-0 lead.
It didn’t take the Predators long to draw even though, as Dante Fabbro responded at 1:49, taking a Roman Josi pass and ripping a wrist shot from the far side that beat Talbot and the score was tied, 1-1.
Kyle Turris would give the Predators the lead at 11:43, deflecting a shot into the net, and the first period would end with Nashville leading, 2-1.
In the second period, Mikael Granlund scored on the power-play at 9:06 with the wrist shot for the 3-1 edge. It would prove to be the winning marker for the Predators.
At 11:06, just two minutes after the Granlund goal, Rasmus Andersson would bring the Flames to within a goal, firing a wrist shot through traffic, past Saros, and the score was 3-2.
The third period was a scoreless one as Calgary kept up the pressure on Nashville, only to be denied at every opportunity, and the Predators came away with the victory.
Nashville is just a point out of the wild-card race of the western conference, with two games “in hand.” The Predators will travel to Edmonton for a Saturday night match-up, before concluding this road trip in Vancouver on Monday night.
The Predators return home to Nashville next Thursday night to host the New York Islanders.