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Flames 3, Predators 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

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Flames 3, Predators 2
Nashville Predators 2, Calgary Flames 3

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Jarome Iginla reached a milestone in an unlikely way.

Iginla scored on a penalty early in the second period to become the 10th NHL player to reach 30 goals in 10 straight seasons, helping the Flames beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Sunday night.

"I never dreamt it would be on a penalty shot," Iginla said. "I've had a few of them in front of the fans here at home and I haven't put any penalty shots in at home until that, so that was a treat for me."

Mike Gartner and Jaromir Jagr share the record with 15 consecutive 30-goal seasons.

"I definitely feel extremely blessed to hit that and be able to do it 10 years," Iginla said. "It's something that when I started out, I never would have dreamt that."

The 33-year-old Iginla has 471 NHL goals, two behind Denis Savard and Alex Mogilny for 49th place.

Iginla was awarded the penalty shot when he was tugged from behind by Sergei Kostitsyn on a breakaway on Pekka Rinne. On the penalty shot, Iginla slid the puck through Rinne's legs to tie it at 2.

"I thought that I had it, but he's a good goal scorer for a reason and he put it through me and it was a big goal at the time, for sure," Rinne said.

Curtis Glencross broke the tie midway through the third, jamming in a rebound off Rene Bourque's shot.

"We kept trying to get pucks and bodies to the net as much as we could all night," Glencross. "Olli (Jokinen) tried to put it out front and it was sitting there for me and I had an open net."

Mark Giordano had a power-play goal in the first, Jokinen had two assists and Miikka Kiprusoff made 21 saves for Calgary. The Flames, fifth in the Western Conference, are 15-3-3 in their last 21 games and 10-1-3 in their last 14 at home.

Martin Erat and Ryan Suter scored in the first for Nashville, tied for ninth in the West with Anaheim and Minnesota - a point behind Los Angeles. The Predators are 2-5-1 in their last eight.

"It stings," Predators defenseman Shane O'Brien said. "We had a chance to go up 3-1 on the power play and we had a couple chances and we just don't bury them. We keep making the same mistakes over and over again and that's why we're on the outside looking in right now."

Kiprusoff's best stops came in a scramble in the final seconds when the Predators poured on the pressure with Rinne off for an extra attacker. With 5 seconds left, defenseman Shea Weber fired a slap shot from the blue line that Kiprusoff sprawled to get a piece of.

Rinne made 33 saves. He's 0-4-2 against the Flames, one of only three teams he hasn't beaten.

"This was for sure our biggest game of the year, so right now we're disappointed," Rinne said. "But at least we have a chance to bounce back right away in San Jose."

NOTES: Iginla is 2 for 8 on penalty shots. His other goal came Nov. 10, 2005, against Phoenix's Curtis Joseph. Iginla has only been used once in Calgary's 13 shootouts this season, failing to score in his one chance. ... Calgary's Mikael Backlund was back in the lineup after missing a game because of the flu.

scoring summary
1st Period
Martin Erat (11) ASST: Jonathon Blum (1), David Legwand (17)
1 - 0 NSH
PPG - Mark Giordano (6) ASST: Olli Jokinen (33)
1 - 1 Tie
Ryan Suter (3) ASST: Martin Erat (25), David Legwand (18)
2 - 1 NSH
2nd Period
PS - Jarome Iginla (30) ASST: NONE
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
Curtis Glencross (22) ASST: Olli Jokinen (34), Jay Bouwmeester (15)
3 - 2 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
Cory Sarich  Hi-sticking against  Joel Ward
Jonathon Blum  Tripping against  Curtis Glencross
Curtis Glencross  Hooking against  Colin Wilson
2nd Period
Freddy Modin  Hooking against  Shane O'Brien
3rd Period
Jerred Smithson  Holding against  Steve Staios
goalie stats
Pekka Rinne
SA: 36TOI: 58:21
Saves: 33EV: 30 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .913SH: 1 - 1 is the official Web site of the Nashville Predators and are trademarks of the Nashville Predators.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Nashville Predators and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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