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Fly-by: Predators 4, Flyers 2

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Fly-by: Predators 4, Flyers 2
Saturday, January 14, 2012
FINAL
2 - 4
FINAL 1 2 3 T
Flyers 0 1 1 2
Predators 1 1 2 4
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GOAL SCORERS

PHI:   S. Couturier (12:18 - 2nd) , W. Simmonds (09:55 - 3rd)
NSH:   M. Erat (PPG, 19:02 - 1st) , S. Kostitsyn (10:36 - 2nd) , N. Spaling (04:30 - 3rd) , M. Fisher (EN, 19:20 - 3rd)
GOALIES


   
  LAVIOLETTE 
  BRYZGALOV    SIMMONDS
PREDS SHOOT DOWN FLYERS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Pekka Rinne made 36 saves and Nick Spaling scored the game-winner as the Nashville Predators beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 Saturday night.

Martin Erat, Sergei Kostitsyn and Mike Fisher also scored for Nashville, which won its fourth straight.

Rookie Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds had Philadelphia's goals as the Flyers snapped a two-game win streak.

Trailing 2-0, Couturier cut the deficit in half with 7:42 to go in the second period with a slick wrist shot from the right circle that beat Rinne high to the glove side and tucked just underneath the crossbar. Couturier's score gave him a goal in four straight games.

Nashville regained its two-goal advantage at 4:30 of the third when Jordin Tootoo's centering pass deflected off of the shaft of Spaling's stick and past Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

Simmonds pulled teh Flyers to 3-2 at 9:55 as he outmuscled Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis to get the rebound of Couturier's backhand shot from the left circle and then poked the puck past Rinne.

Fisher's empty-net goal with 39 seconds to go sealed the Predators' win.

  FULL RECAP
Sean Couturier scored in his fourth consecutive game.  He’s the second Flyers rookie to do that this season, joining Matt Read, who scored in five consecutive games from Nov. 13-21.
 
The Flyers had 38 shots in the game.  They have had 35 or more shots in six of their last seven games, with the 22-shot night at NYI on Thursday standing as the only exception.  Prior to this run, they had not had more than 35 shots in a game since Dec. 2 at Anaheim, when they had 47.
 
Danny Briere was 12-for-16 (75 percent) on faceoffs.
 
After posting eight shots on goal against NYI on Thursday, Jake Voracek had 11 shots toward the net tonight – five on goal, four that were blocked and two that missed.
 
Tonight’s game was the Flyers’ first ever regulation loss in Nashville and their first regulation loss overall to the Predators since Nov. 29, 2006 in Philadelphia.

Sean Couturier
Sean Couturier gets tonight's Flyers star for his performance in tonight's game at Nashville.

Couturier got the Flyers on the board by firing a rocket over the shoulder of Pekka Rinne to pull the Flyers within one goal.

The goal was his fourth straight and now gives him points in six of his last eight games.

"Bottom line, I think the team played great. At least, I think we deserved a point. The guys deserved a point because they battled hard, fearless, and I think to be fair at least we should get one point."
-Ilya Bryzgalov

"It’s not really about the stats; it’s just that I know I can play better. I want to help the team win. I think we have to go back to doing things simple. It’s frustrating when you know you can play better."
-Claude Giroux
Tonight's turning point came 4:30 into the third period and gave the Predators a 3-1 lead.

After pulling to within one goal heading into the third period, Predators forward Nick Spaling flicked a pass towards the crease and the puck ended up in the back of the net to give Nashville their two-goal lead back with just 15 minutes left in the game to hold off the Flyers.

Wayne Simmonds would get one back for the Flyers around the 10-minute mark, but Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne held the fort to give Nashville their fourth straight win.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Wayne Simmonds gets upended by Nashville D-man Ryan Ellis.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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