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Fly-by: Predators 4, Flyers 2

Saturday, 01.14.2012 / 8:58 PM ET / News
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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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Gostisbehere 6 1 1 0 2
B. Schenn 6 0 2 2 2
W. Simmonds 6 0 2 -1 2
S. Gagner 6 0 2 1 2
J. Voracek 6 1 0 -1 1
M. Raffl 6 1 0 0 1
R. White 6 1 0 0 1
C. VandeVelde 6 1 0 -1 1
A. MacDonald 6 1 0 0 1
B. Manning 6 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 2 1 0 .981 0.67
S. Mason 0 3 0 .852 4.09
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