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Fourth Degree Burn – Flames Sweep Season-Series Against Preds, Win 3-2


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Well, the Predators kind of fell apart in the last 40 minutes of this tilt and ended up losing their 4th straight and the season series to the Calgary Flames tonight with a final score of 3-2 in regulation

Special Teams:

Powerplay – 0 for 3, 0%
Powerplay For The Season – 32 for 218, 14.7%

Penalty Kill – 1 for 2, 50%
Penalty Kill For The Season – 34 for 231, 85.3%

Best Play of the Game: The first goal of the game. Martin Erat pulls off a spectacular Ovechkin-esque falling down shooting of the puck right past Kiprusoff for a 1-0 lead early in the first period

Worst Play of the Game: Can’t really fault him for doing it, but Sergei Kostitsyn’s yanking down of Jarome Iginla in the second gave him a penalty shot opportunity which he cashed in on, tying the game at 2

Players (Good and Bad) of the Game:
The Good: Pekka Rinne – Martin Erat looked pretty good, but without Pekka in net this game would have easily been 7 or 8 goals to 2. It’s just a crying shame that for all of the work that Pekka does, he has a near .500 record to show for it

The Bad: N/A, I can’t really single anyone out again, because this loss was on the shoulders of the entire team. Not just one particular person

My Preds #1 Star: Again, giving this to Pekka Rinne. Like I said, without him this game would have been lopsided

Synopsis: Really hard to stomach a loss like this when we need to gain points every night. The Predators played about 25 good minutes tonight (1st period and scattered minutes the rest of the game) but just kind of disappeared for the rest of it, including a measly 4-shot-on-goal second period.

So, with this loss, Pekka Rinne is 0-3-2 lifetime against the Flames and the Flames go 4-0-0 against the Predators this year. The Predators, however, get a bit of luck tonight with the Wild and Ducks both losing…but they fall to 11th overall. If they don’t get in check soon, they could really start to fall behind in the Western Conference playoff race. However they have 12 of their last 16 at home, so it’s time to amp it up and get back to work


Next game is Tuesday March 8th against the San Jose Sharks at 9:30pm

Playoff Outlook: 75 points, Currently, 11th place – 1 point out of 8th and 11 points out of the Division Lead

Best of 19 Record: 1-1-1

Smarch Record: 1-1-1

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