Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 1/1/12
Photo Credit: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images With Kevin Klein returning from a 6-game absence, the Nashville Predators had a chance to gain ground on the rest of the Western Conference tonight as they played the Calgary Flames in the NHL’s only contest of the evening. Little did we know that this would become Sergei Kostitsyn’s finest night in his career. Collecting the hat trick on an empty net goal with 29.8 seconds left in the 3rd period, Kostitsyn’s 3 goals led the way for the Predators as the beat the Flames for the third time this season (and taking the season series) with a 5-3 win. Nashville is now 3-1 without Shea Weber playing, including 3 straight wins over conference opponents, pulling within 3 points of 4th place Detroit and 1 point of 6th place St. Louis. ——————————— On Ollie Jokinen’s 1,000th game and with Jarome Iginla only 2 goals away from 500 all-time, the Calgary Flames knew they had to come out strong and exploit a Nashville defense that was having problems without
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