NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 22 shots for his second shutout in a row, and Jarome Iginla and Curtis Glencross each had a goal as the Calgary Flames beat the Nashville Predators 5-0 Monday night.
It was the third shutout of the season for Kiprusoff, who also blanked Detroit 3-0 on Friday night. He has 33 shutouts in his career.
Glencross added two assists for Calgary.
David Moss, Nigel Dawes and Adam Pardy also scored for Calgary, which won its fourth in a row and third straight on the road.
After a scoreless first period, the Flames broke the deadlock 1:32 into the second half. Moss took control of the puck in the neutral zone and skated in on a breakaway, beating Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne to his right with a backhanded shot.
A little over three minutes later Dawes struck on the power play. Jarome Iginla passed the puck from the right side along the extended goal line. Dawes, stationed in front of the crease, took a couple of swipes at it before putting it past Rinne, again to his right side.
At the 8:09 of the third period the Flames struck again as Pardy blasted a shot from the top of the slot that beat Rinne high to his left side.
Glencross scored a short-handed goal at the 16:01 mark, finding the open net as the Predators pulled Rinne.
Iginla scored on the power play to close out the scoring.
NOTES: Rinne and Kiprusoff are both in the running to be the starting goaltender for Finland's Olympic team. ... Dawes has goals in his last four games, a career high. ... Nashville's penalty kill gave up a rare goal, only the third in the last 11 games.
Head Coach Barry Trotz
On tonight’s loss…
They didn’t allow us to [get our energy going], plain and simple. In the first period we were really weak and we got through it. In the second period I thought we came out with a little more energy, we were supporting the puck a little bit better early, but then we won a draw, had a shot blocked, and they went down and scored on a semi-breakaway. That one hurt. Then we ended up throwing the puck over the glass and they scored another goal. The third goal was the nail in the coffin. They weren’t giving us a whole lot, so the third goal was game-set-and-match. It was not one of our better performances. We’ve got to learn from that. We can be a lot better.
On Nashville’s energy level tonight…
We shouldn’t be [a tired team]. We’ve been taking days off. We’ve had a lot of games, but so has Calgary, and so have a lot of other teams. We’ve probably had more days off than anybody. That’s disappointing. We’ve got to come out of the gates a little quicker. If [the players] say they’re tired, I’d say that’s an excuse.
On Calgary’s play recently on the road…
They manage the puck. They moved the puck very effectively. They didn’t turn pucks over. I didn’t think our penalty kill was very good tonight, and we didn’t get anything on our power play. They got two power play goals and a shorthanded goal. That’s three of their five goals. It’s hard to chase the game the way that they play. If you’ve got a lead, maybe you can counterpunch a little bit. We tried to chase the game and they ended up scoring a few goals.
They definitely deserved to win the hockey game. No question. They won more individual battles, they won more team battles, and it was reflected in the score.
They’re 10-1-3 now [on the road]. There’s a reason they’re really good on the road. We saw why.
On completing a stretch of home games (8 of the last 9 games)…
If you look at the teams that we’ve played, overall, the body of work is good. Tonight is not the way you want to end it. The season’s a long hard grind. There are going to be nights when you’re not as good as the other team. Tonight, we were not as good as the Calgary Flames.
Defenseman Dan Hamhuis
On tonight’s loss being a disappointing one…
We were definitely flat tonight. They had a lot more energy than we did.
On Calgary’s first goal…
It was an unfortunate bounce and we really didn’t regroup after that either.
On getting some emotion back for this week’s road trip…
We’ve got some time to sit back and think about it. We’ve got to get our minds back into it, being strong and getting back to where we were, skating right, checking hard. We just need to be a difficult team to play against. We made it too easy for them tonight.
Defenseman Ryan Suter
On the lack of energy in tonight’s game…
We came out flat-footed and they jumped all over us. They are a good team and they took advantage of us making some mistakes.
On still having a chance to get back into the game at 2-0…
Well, it was a bad play by me, flipping the puck over and that gave them the power play there and they capitalized on that, but before that I thought that we could have gotten back into it. We had a couple of good chances. Kiprusoff is a good goalie and we didn’t get enough traffic in front of the net, so when he sees it, he’s going to stop it.
Goaltender Pekka Rinne
On Calgary playing their game tonight…
Tonight they did. Obviously every time you play at home you want to win the game and lead the way, but tonight it was a different story. They came hard and forced us to play more defensively. We weren’t skating like we normally are and I think that was the biggest reason.
On things Nashville did right…
We battled hard. We did a lot of right things, but tonight they were better.