Predators' offense comes up short once again in loss to Calgary

Monday, January 24, 2011 at 11:04pm
Staff reports

David Legwand scored his fifth goal in the last nine games, but the Nashville Predators allowed a pair of power play goals and fell 3-1 Monday to the Calgary Flames in Calgary.

Legwand tied the score 1-1 at 10:32 of the second period with assists from Joel Ward and Colin Wilson.

That was all the Predators got, though, against an opponent that has been a defensive riddle in recent meetings. Calgary has allowed just three goals in the last four meetings, including a 1-0 shootout victory over Nashville on Oct. 19 at Bridgestone Arena.

The Flames went ahead to stay 2:29 later when Jerome Iginla scored 17 seconds into a power play that was the result of a high sticking penalty against Ward. It was Iginla’s 27th career goal against Nashville, the most ever by an opposing player.

Brendan Morrison got the final goal just 47 seconds after a third-period hooking penalty against Jerred Smithson.

The Predators entered the contest with the league’s third-best penalty kill. The last time they allowed more than one power-play goal in a contest was Nov. 16 at Toronto, when they allowed four.

Calgary converted twice in six attempts. Alex Tanguay had assists on both goals.

The Predators’ final game before the All-Star break is 9 p.m. Wednesday at Vancouver (Fox Sports-Tennessee). Their first game after the break is Feb. 1 at home against Calgary.