Bertuzzi tallies in closing seconds as Flames burn Predators

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By Jim Diamond

PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Todd Bertuzzi scored with 24

seconds remaining in the third period to lift the Calgary Flames

to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Curtis Glencross and Daymond Langkow also scored, David Moss

collected a pair of assists and Bertuzzi added one for Calgary,

which extended its winning streak to five games.

Jerred Smithson and captain Jason Arnott tallied for the

Predators, who have dropped four in a row.

"They are No. 1 in the Northwest (Division), and we have not had

a lot of success against the Northwest this season," Nashville

coach Barry Trotz said. "It is disappointing. I think we

should have had at least one point, for sure."

Bertuzzi gathered a loose puck in the right faceoff circle and

beat goaltender Dan Ellis to give the Flames their first lead of

the contest.

"Craig (Conroy) did a good gob getting it down low, fed me in

the slot, and I was able to make a good shot," Bertuzzi said.

"It was good to come back from behind and win again."

"He's a game-breaking player," Calgary coach Mike Keenan said of

Bertuzzi. "To go to the net and have the patience, the poise

and the skill to put it in the top shelf, that is just talent.

The most important thing that he showed was poise. He gave

himself a lot of time to make that play."

Smithson scored the game's first goal at 9:11 of the opening

period.

Radek Bonk outraced Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr for the puck

behind the Flames' net. Bonk skated to the right corner and

passed to Smithson, who corralled the puck in the right circle

and sent a wrist shot by netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.

"We have to find a way to play some good hockey and win,"

Smithson said. "We talked about it before the game. They are

good at getting pucks to the net, and obviously, we did not

learn."

Glencross tied the game with 76 seconds remaining in the first.

Behind the net, Glencross was the recipient of a nice backhand

pass from Matthew Lombardi. Glencross carried the puck to the

low slot, where he caught Ellis looking over the wrong shoulder

and sent a backhander high to the stick side for his sixth goal

of the season.

Arnott put the Predators ahead at 11:57 of the second.

From the left corner, Martin Erat found J.P. Dumont in the left

circle. Dumont froze Kiprusoff by faking a slap shot, then

passed to Arnott, who converted an easy tap-in from the left

side for his team-leading 15th tally.

Arnott, who had not scored in 11 games, has netted two in his

last three contests.

Langkow forged a 2-2 tie with 7:14 to go in the third.

Langkow's goal was almost identical to Glencross' earlier in the

game. Langkow skated out from behind the net and lifted a

backhander over Ellis' right shoulder for his 11th of the

season.

"I got a pass from Bert behind the net and I just tried to get

it out front as quickly as I could," Langkow said. "It kind of

rolled. I think that it kind of hit off of (Ellis') back and

went in."

"There was a loose puck, and I ended up winning the battle and

got it over to Langkow," Bertuzzi said. "Daymond had quick

hands getting it from his backhand to his forehand and getting

it in the net."

Ellis made 23 saves, while Kiprusoff stopped 24 shots.

"We have one little bad play that turns out to be the

game-winning goal," Ellis said. "Those are the little things we

really need to bear down on - those errors - because that is

what is costing us."

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