Posted January 02, 2012 on AP on Fox
Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz has stressed to Sergei Kositsyn the need to shoot more. Kostitsyn also decided to score more as well, getting three goals on as many shots Sunday night in a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames, the Predators' third straight win. It was the first NHL hat trick for Kostitsyn. Three shots might not seem like a lot, but for Kostitsyn. who has only 37 shots in 33 games, it was one short of his season-high. ''He got three shots ... that's like 10 games for him sometimes it seems,'' Trotz said. ''He's shooting the puck. We talked about him just doing that to create offense and not just to score a goal. ''If he keeps throwing the puck at the net if it doesn't go in for him it will go in for someone else. I think he's starting to get the message.'' Kostitsyn scored in each period. ''It is nice to get a hat trick and get a win,'' he said. Kevin Klein and Matt Halischuk als...
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