Live Blog + Recap: Calgary Flames 4 – Nashville Predators 3


Alright Predators’ fans we here at Predlines want to try something new; a live game blog. We most likely won’t be doing this every single game, but we’re going to try our best, as always, to deliver the best coverage of the Nashville Predators that we can.

This will be your number one spot for for all updates for tonight’s matchup against the Flames.

We’ll break down big plays, goals, and anything and everything that sticks out in tonight’s matchup in Calgary.

Here are the Predators forward lines for tonight’s game:

Filip Forsberg – Mike Ribeiro – James Neal

Craig Smith – Derek Roy – Matt Cullen

Taylor Beck – Colin Wilson – Taylor Beck

Gabriel Bourque – Paul Gaustad – Eric Nystrom

Stay tuned for up to date plays in tonight’s game…

1st Period :

The puck has dropped and we are underway

Jokinen – Wilson – Beck get the start tonight for the Predators at forward

Wilson wins the face-off.

15:45, 0-0

Bourque with a nice pass to Nystrom across the crease. Hiller makes the good sliding save to keep the game scoreless.

11:02, 0-0

Rinne with a tricky save on a bouncing, floating puck to keep the game knotted at 0-0.

8:23, 0-0

Neal fires a wrister, but stopped by Hiller. Flames leading in the shots on goal category 6-4.

6:58, 0-0

John Gaudreau of the Flames puts on a fancy move to beat Volchenkov then stopped by Rinne. Very, very good move by the 21-year-old Flame.

4:52, 0-0

Hudler hits the pipe for Calgary. Flames are putting a bit more pressure on the Predators. Not necessarily holding the puck in the zone, but making the most of their chances.

4:11, 0-0

Neal with somewhat of a breakaway for the Predators. An iffy no-call for a penalty-shot. Regardless, the game is tied at 0-0. Flames leading in the shots category 9-7.

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0:00, 0-0

The buzzer sounds and the Flames lead in the shots on goal category 9-8. Gaudreau had two very quality chances for the Flames in that first period.

Ellis hit the post, and Nystrom had a good scoring chance for the Predators. Overall, a pretty equal first period of play.

2nd Period:

17:58, 0-0

Seth Jones fires a shot towards Hiller. Hiller with the save. First scoring chance for the Predators in the second period.

16:20, 0-0

Roman Josi rings one off the cross bar. A fantastic shot by 59 there. Unlucky to not light the lamp. Also, Wilson to the box for goaltender interference. First power play of the night for either team.

15:37, 1-0 Flames

Monahan lights the lamp from a rebound off of Rinne’s chest. That will be a power play goal for Calgary.

14:30, 1-1

Craig Smith gets his third goal in two games for the Predators. Great instincts on that goal. This one is tied at one goal a piece. Ellis and Ekholm with the assists on the Smith goal.

8:51, 2-1 Predators

James Neal scores straight off of the face off in the Predators’ offensive zone. An absolute laser.

0:00, 2-1 Predators

Overall a very good period for Nashville. Smith and Neal each scored a goal for the Predators in the middle frame. That was definitely Nashville’s period, but Calgary did have a few quality chances of their own.

On the Forecheck gives you a look at Jonas Hiller in that second period:

Calgary leads in shots on goal 20-17 after two periods of play.

3rd Period:

17:24, 2-2

Hudler lights the lamp for the Flames to knot the game up at two goals a piece. Rinne made two saves in the play, but couldn’t stop Hudler’s put back.

15:44, 2-2

Tripping is called on Ekholm and the Flames get their second power play opportunity of the night.

15:37, 3-2 Flames

Brodie gives the Flames the one goal advantage. That goal only took a few seconds into the power play.

13:23, 4-2 Flames

Gaudreau sends a wicked wrister over the top of Rinne to give the Flames a two goal lead. A bit of a whacky goal there.

10:40, 4-2 Flames

Hudler gets called for interference and the Predators get their first power play opportunity of the night.

9:13, 4-3 Flames

Neal gets his second goal of the night with an absolutely wicked wrist shot. A flip of the wrist cuts the lead in half.

5:53, 4-3 Flames

Rinne with a great save on Byron on a slight breakaway. This being the first scoring chance the Flames have had since the Predators’ goal at the 9:13 mark of the period.

1:48, 4-3 Flames

Empty net for the Predators. Very aggressive move by coach Laviolette there.

0:00, 4-3 Flames

The Flames beat the Predators for the second time this season by the score of 4-3.

151. 4. 112. Final. 3

Roll the film:

Recap and Thoughts:

  • What an odd game, yet a classic Predators game in Western Canada.
  • The Flames outscore the Predators 3-1 in the final period to secure the win, but if you watched the game you would have noticed that the final period was mostly controlled by the Predators.
  • Gaudreau had a very weird goal for the Flames fourth goal of the night. It almost seemed as if Rinne didn’t see all of it or didn’t expect it to be low enough to hit the back of the net.
  • James Neal keeps being James Neal scoring his sixth and seventh goals of the season.
  • Filip Forsberg has been great so far this season, but he hasn’t found the score sheet in the past three games.
  • Everyone should be excited to see Craig Smith hop on this goal scoring tear over the past two games. He and his linemates (Cullen and Roy) have looked very good.