NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Nashville
(Saturday, December 3rd)
Final Score: Nashville 4, Philadelphia 3 (SO)
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Paul Kariya and Steve Sullivan scored in the shootout and Tomas Vokoun stoned both Flyers' shooters as the Nashville Predators eked out a 4-3 win over Philadelphia at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Kariya and Yanic Perreault had a goal and an assist each for Nashville, which defeated the Flyers at home for the first time in franchise history. Vokoun made 30 saves for the Predators, who have won three straight.
Martin Erat added a goal and two assists in the win.
Mike Knuble, Mike Richards and Derian Hatcher each tallied goals and Antero Niittymaki stopped 29-of-32 shots for Philadelphia, which had a two-game winning streak halted.
Sullivan beat Niittymaki through the five hole on the first goal in the shootout, while Kariya went top shelf glove side on the other for the Predators.
Knuble was stopped by Vokoun's right pad and Simon Gagne was stoned by the left pad for the Flyers.
"We have one of the top goalies in the league and some of the best skill guys," Nashville's Mark Eaton said. "It's a good combination."
In overtime, after Nashville killed off a delay-of-game penalty, Kariya had two chances to win the game but Niittymaki stacked the pads both times to force the first shootout in Flyers' history.
"It's strange, we're not even expecting a shootout because we haven't been in one before," Knuble said. "I think we can be pretty satisfied because we battled back."
The Flyers drew first blood midway through the first period while on the power play after Knuble beat Vokoun glove side with a wrist shot from down low for a 1-0 lead. Just as the Flyers' two-man advantage was expiring, Handzus backhanded a loose puck on net that found Knuble alone at the side of the post.
Nashville drew even just 20 seconds later after Kariya beat Niittymaki with a one-timer from the slot to make it 1-1. The Predators gathered a Flyers' turnover in their own zone before Erat backhanded a pass to Kariya.
Philadelphia regained the lead with 8:04 gone in the second period after Richards redirected a shot from the point past Vokoun to make it 2-1.
The Predators retied the game with 6:30 remaining in the second period after Erat beat Niittymaki through the five hole with a backhand shot to make it 2-2.
Nashville took its first lead of the game with 2:21 left in the second period while on the power play after Perreault wristed a shot from the right circle over Niittymaki's left shoulder to make it 3-2.
The Flyers tied the game with 2:09 left in the third period after Hatcher blasted a slap shot from the high slot over Vokoun's left shoulder to make it 3-3.
Flyers forward Peter Forsberg sat out for the fourth straight game with a groin injury. The Flyers were also without starting goaltender Robert Esche, who expected to miss the next week...Nashville improved to 13-2 at home this season and is 11-0-3 in one-goal decisions. The Flyers fell to 5-3-2 on the road this year...The Predators have just one loss in the last six meetings with the Flyers (3-1-2)...Nashville has scored power-play goals in 10 straight games...This was Nashville's 200th franchise victory...The Predators improved to 4-1 in shootouts and Kariya has three game-winners in the shootouts.
12/04 00:37:53 ET