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Chris Mason made 22 saves for his third shutout of the season, and second in three starts, as the Predators topped the Calgary Flames 3-0 at the Sommet Center on Tuesday night. Mason is 2-0-1 in his three starts this month, allowing just one goal while stopping 78-of-79 shots.
The Predators had the better of the play in the first period, but were unable to get on the board as the teams skated to a scoreless draw. The Flames controlled the first six minutes of the second period, but Mason held the game scoreless for the Predators. Nashville drew a power-play opportunity 6:48 into the middle frame and though it was unable to score, used the man-advantage to change the momentum of the period. It paid off 2:46 later.
Martin Erat opened the scoring at the 11:34 mark of the second period with his 12th goal of the season. Radek Bonk and Martin Gelinas created the play. Gelinas gained possession of the puck just inside the blueline and chipped it to Bonk. Bonk skated to the top of the far side face-off circle and dropped a pass behind him to Erat cutting the opposite direction. Erat, from between the face-off circles, snapped a shot high inside the far post for his team-leading fifth game-winning goal of the campaign.
|Highlights: Predators 3, Flames 0
The Predators extended the lead 3:29 later. Jason Arnott’s shot deflected off Miikka Kiprusoff’s glove and rolled toward the near side corner. JP Dumont controlled the puck below the goal line, wrapped around the back of the net, and slid the puck five-hole as Kiprusoff slid from left to right. The goal extended Dumont’s scoring streak to a career-long nine games.
Nashville drew a power-play with just 0:12 remaining in the second period and converted early in the third period to extend the lead to 3-0. Ville Koistinen scored his second goal of the season with a low blast from the blueline just inside the far post.
The defense held the lead from there, killing off two power-plays later in the third period to preserve the shutout.
Notes: Shea Weber was back on the ice for the Predators after missing the last 11 games. ... Dumont extended his points streak to a career-high nine games (7 goals, 7 assists) … Mason has a 2-0-1 record with a 0.32 goals against average and .987 save percentage during the month of January … The Predators have only allowed one first period goal during the month of January and none since Jan. 3 at Edmonton, a span of six games.
Head Coach Barry Trotz
On playing physically mismatched teams... "We competed and played hard and went to the hard areas that we needed to secure. You know physically we have to focus on playing hard and not factor in physical mismatches and that’s exactly what we did tonight; we played our game. We didn’t let them play their game which was a benefit to us."
On J.P. Dumont getting a lot of playing time... "He’s a really good player and one of the things he’s always able to create is his ability to score and as I was saying he’s really conscious of moving his feet and he’s a heavy participant in the game. You know earlier on in the year, he was watching a majority of the game and now he’s more involved and because of that he’s getting extra pucks. He’s also getting chances to create things and he’s getting the chance to score. He’s doing a really good job of consciously moving his feet and going to the hard areas and he’s stepped up in the leadership area. He’s taken a lot of responsibility of how he should play."
On how Predators have been playing the past few games... "Well, we did make some adjustments and have learned from the past and we played our game more than their game and we were able to do that. A lot of guys contributed to that such as Dan Hamhuis who did a fantastic job tonight as well as Greg De Vries. They both were able to play hard against that line which just really shut them down. Even on faceoffs tonight we were able to win a majority of them and keep playing our game."
Goaltender Chris Mason
On his play tonight… “It has a lot to do with the way the guys are playing there. They’re playing unbelievable “D” right now. That was probably one of our best games of the year, I think, all around. Forwards going hard and defense just played unbelievable. We just played really disciplined when we could have went the other way. The guys played awesome.
“We know that they play hard and always play a physical game. But we have a lot of little feisty guys still in the lineup, so we weren’t too worried. We wanted to play how we played tonight; stay disciplined and use our speed and play a full 60. I thought we did that tonight.
On the importance of beating a team ahead of the Predators in the standings… “It really doesn’t matter who we’re playing right now, because from second to 15 everybody’s still in the ballgame here. Detroit’s the only team running away with it. We’re fighting with every single team we play right now. We need every point and so do the other teams.
Forward Martin Erat
On goaltender Chris Mason… “He’s a big part of this team and we need him. He knew he struggled, but now he’s back and we’re going to need him the next 35 games.”
On his goal… “It was a perfect pass, right for my one-timer and I tried to just put it on the net; don’t hit anything. Just lucky it went through.”
Forward JP Dumont
On tonight’s game… “It was a solid game from us tonight. Everybody played extremely well. Mase made some big saves at a key time.”
On his goal… “I made a pass to Arny in front. I saw all three (Calgary) guys went to Arny and the puck came behind the net so quick. I knew if I went quick good things would happen. To tell you the truth, I just went around and it was a quick backhand. I threw the puck in front and I think it pinballed a few times and went in. I’ll take it. I missed an open net in the first.”
On playing against Calgary… “We played against a team that scores a lot of goals. That line, Iginla’s line, our guys played so well against them tonight; they didn’t get any chances, even on the power-play. That was a great effort by everybody. Big hits by our defensemen. That was a great all-around game.”
|Martin Erat (12) ASST: Radek Bonk (8), Martin Gelinas (7)|
1 - 0 NSH
|J-P Dumont (17) ASST: Jason Arnott (23), Ryan Suter (11)|
2 - 0 NSH
|PPG - Ville Koistinen (2) ASST: Marek Zidlicky (23), J-P Dumont (20)|
3 - 0 NSH
|Craig Conroy Holding against Dan Hamhuis|
|Anders Eriksson Hooking against J-P Dumont|
|Cory Sarich Tripping against Vernon Fiddler|
|Dion Phaneuf Closing hand on puck|
|J-P Dumont Hi-sticking against Owen Nolan|
|Owen Nolan Hi-sticking against J-P Dumont|
|Radek Bonk Hooking against Jarome Iginla|
|Daymond Langkow Hooking against Greg De Vries|
|Mark Smith Slashing against Scott Nichol|
|Ryan Suter Holding against Daymond Langkow|
|SA: 12||TOI: 18:59|
|Saves: 12||EV: 8 - 8|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 26||TOI: 40:59|
|Saves: 23||EV: 20 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .885||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 22||TOI: 59:38|
|Saves: 22||EV: 16 - 16|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 3 - 3|