Matt Halischuk scored his career-best ninth goal on Sunday night in Nashville's 5-3 win over Calgary. (Sarah Fuqua)
When Matt Halischuk was traded during the 2010 offseason from New Jersey for former Nashville captain Jason Arnott, he had one career NHL goal to his credit.
In his first season with Nashville, which was largely spent in Milwaukee, he had 4 NHL goals. Coming into the 2011-12 season, Halischuk’s reputation as a goal scorer consisted of two goals – an overtime game winner against Vancouver in last season’s playoffs and the 2008 clincher for Team Canada in the World Junior Championship.
This season, however, Halischuk has found his NHL goal scoring touch, as he put his 9th of the season past Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff on Sunday night.
“It’s great to score goals,” Halischuk said after Nashville’s 5-3 win at Bridgestone Arena. “Tonight’s was a great play by (Tootoo) and I was able to get the shot off there.”
In three partial seasons in the AHL with the Lowell Devils and the Milwaukee Admirals, Halischuk had seasons of 14 goals in 2008-09, 11 goals in 2009-10 and 11 goals in 2010-11. However, as many players can attest to, scoring goals against NHL goaltenders is an entirely different animal.
“I try to play hard and do the right things,” Halischuk said. “I try to play hard and go to the net. I’ve been trying to play that kind of game.”
Everyday I’m Halischuk
2010-11 Goals scored by Matt Halischuk
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Sergei Kostitsyn scored three goals to lead the Nashville Predators to their third straight victory, 5-3 over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night.
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Sergei Kostitsyn scored three goals to lead the Nashville Predators to their third straight victory, 5-3 over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night. Kevin Klein and Matt Halischuk also scored for Nashville. Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque and Brendan Morrison scored for the Flames, who have lost three straight.
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PROJECTED LINES, DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS & GOALTENDERS
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