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Glencross' goal lifts Flames past Predators

Mar 7, 2011 - 4:31 AM
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Curtis Glencross scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, as Calgary beat Nashville, 3-2, at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Jarome Iginla and Mark Giordano also scored for the Flames, who have won four of their last five games. Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 21-of-23 shots in the win.

Martin Erat registered a goal and an assist for the Predators, who have lost six of their last eight games.

Ryan Suter scored the other goal for Nashville, while Pekka Rinne started for the 20th time in 21 games and surrendered three goals on 36 shots in the loss.

The Flames went up for good with 9:37 remaining in regulation on a charge toward the net. After a give-and-go one-timer was foiled, Calgary kept the play alive, and Glencross finally chipped the puck into the open net.

From there, Calgary hung on, fighting off Nashville's 6-on-5 advantage the final 96 seconds. Kiprusoff made 10 saves in the final frame.

Erat opened the scoring 2:47 into the game during a goalmouth scramble. The right-winger was able to push the puck past the goal line while falling for his 11th of the season.

"I thought Marty Erat had an exceptional game for us up front," Predators coach Barry Trotz said.

Calgary knotted it up on the power play at 7:15. In an odd play, Giordano skated into the slot and got off a weak shot, which was deflected into the air. With the puck fluttering toward the net, Preds defender Shea Weber tipped the puck just enough with the shaft of his stick to send it knuckling over Rinne's shoulder.

Nashville regained the lead at the 16-minute mark of the first. Erat was also part of this goal when he dropped the puck to Suter, who wristed it in from the high slot.

Iginla scored his 30th goal of the season on a penalty shot a minute into the second. He made it look simple, using just one deke to wrap the puck around Rinne's outstretched leg.

"It's a penalty shot goal that was huge in a 2-1 hockey game and he capitalized on it, and we continued to gain momentum off that," Flames coach Brent Sutter said of Iginla.

Game Notes

Iginla became just the 10th player in NHL history to score at least 30 goals in 10 consecutive seasons...Calgary is 7-2-1 over its last 10 games...Calgary swept the four-game season series against Nashville.