"It stinks," Calgary goalie Brian Boucher said. "Personally,
it's embarrassing. I take a lot of responsibility for what
happened. When a team scores four goals it should win the hockey
Nashville scored three power-play goals on nine attempts, and
Calgary was 4-for-9 with the man advantage.
"I don't think I've ever been in a game where that many power
plays goals were scored," Calgary coach Darryl Sutter said.
The Predators set the tone for the game when Sullivan scored 46
seconds into the first period. Kariya scored his first goal at 5:42
of the period when he knocked in a loose puck past Boucher.
"This was a surprise, but I tell our guys to expect the
unexpected," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We have always
had a 3-1 or 2-1 sort of game with Calgary. We have a lot of
respect for Calgary and how they play.
"When you come to grips with how you have to beat a team, most
of the time you are going to be very successful. We knew we had to
grind it out and skate. I thought we stuck to our game plan and
accomplished what we wanted to do."
The Flames rallied to tie it with a pair of first-period goals.
Phaneuf scored the first of his two power-play goals at 7:57 with a
slap shot from just inside the blue line. With 9 seconds left in
the period, McCarty scored on a power play as he emerged from
traffic in front of the net to beat Tomas Vokoun.
"We talked about that being a real turnaround emotionally for
Calgary," Trotz said.
Both teams found the net often in the second period, with the
Predators starting it off at 3:24 on Nichol's first goal of the
season. The Flames answered with Huselius' power-play goal a little
less than a minute later.
Less than 30 seconds later, Erat put Nashville ahead 4-3.
Phaneuf scored his second goal at 8:52 to tie it for the last time.
The Predators closed out the period with three goals. Johnson
scored at 11:46 and Kariya and Timonen added power-play goals in
final 3½ minutes of the period.
"I thought we showed a lot of determination and focused on
playing solid hockey in the second period," Trotz said. "We
traded chances. We got some power play goals. We really played them
Nashville's Tootoo scored the only goal of the third period. He
slid on his side and poked in the rebound of Mike Sillinger's at
Hordichuk added the final goal of the game, flipping a loose
puck over Boucher from in front of the net at 17:44.
There were a combined 25 penalties in the game, including four
fighting majors, two game misconducts and one match penalty for
attempting to deliberately injure a player against Calgary's Chris
Simon for a hit on Nashville's Hordichuk.
The Predators also scored nine goals at Pittsburgh on March
4, 2004. ... Fifteen of Phaneuf's 17 goals have been on power
plays. ... Nashville is 25-0-4 when leading after two periods. ...
Vokoun won his 34th game, tying his career high set in 2003-04.