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10th Anniv.: Skrastins scores while 3-on-5 on Long Island

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10th Anniv.: Skrastins scores while 3-on-5 on Long Island
October 15, 2002

From 1999-2003, Karlis Skrastins was a stalwart on the Nashville blue line.  A reliable and dependable stay-at-home defenseman, he logged many of his minutes the hard way – killing penalties, protecting leads and blocking shots.  On the night of Oct. 15, 2002, it wasn’t his defense that earned notoriety for “Scratch” – it was his offense.

At the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. N.Y., Skrastins pulled off an offensive feat rarely attained – scoring a goal while his team was two-men down.  Vladimir Orszagh and Tomas Vokoun were both penalized as the clock ran down in the first period, leaving the Predators two-men short against the New York Islanders.  Just 21 seconds into the second frame, Skrastins fired a shot from the blue line at Islanders netminder Chris Osgood.  With his own player screening him, the shot caught the Islanders’ goalie off guard, giving Nashville a 3-1 lead.  The Islanders would eventually rally for a 4-3 OT victory.

Drafted as a 23-year-old in the ninth round of the 1998 Entry Draft, defenseman Karlis Skrastins was a late-bloomer success story for the Nashville Predators.  In his five seasons in Music City, Skrastins played 307 games, including a franchise-record 269 in a row. Together with three seasons of work with Colorado, the Riga, Latvia native broke the NHL record (486 by the late Hall-of-Famer Tim Horton) for consecutive games played by a defenseman last February with a streak that ended at 495.
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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36