Flames Snap Losing Streak

The Calgary Flames are no longer 0-for-North America.

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  • goal with 7:22 remaining Friday night gave the Flames a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators and just their second victory of the year. The first came Oct. 10 in Tokyo.

    "It's big," Stillman said of the end of the Flames' three-game losing streak. "We started out well in Tokyo, getting the one win and the one tie against San Jose. We came home and got shellacked, and then didn't play well the next two games."

    Stillman skated in alone on Nashville goaltender Mike Dunham from the left side, faked Dunham to the ice and backhanded a shot past him.

    "I made the save with the blocker, and it just went right to his stick and he kind of deked me," Dunham said. "Those are the breaks. The rebounds went to them."

    Flames defenseman Phil Housley had a goal and an assist.

    "It's a very important win for us, because we would have been in a little bit of a hole," Housley said.

    Marty McInnis and Jarome Iginla also scored for Calgary and Ken Wregget made 24 saves.

    The Predators' Jan Vopat had just tied the game 50 seconds before Stillman's winner. It was the third time the Predators erased a deficit. They also received their third two-man advantage of the game with 3:21 left, but failed to score.

    "We had probabl 41/2 minutes of 5-on-3 time and we couldn't get the job done," Nashville center Darren Turcotte said. "We just didn't cash in tonight."

    Wregget said referee Bernard Degrace, who called a combined 22 penalties on the clubs, had been busy.

    "The ref didn't make it easy on anyone," Wregget said. "It was a battle, and it was exciting hockey."

    Igor Krivokrasov and Jeff Nelson also scored for the expansion Predators, who lost consecutive games for the first time in their six-game history.

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