Roman Turek, playing his 12th straight game, stopped 23 shots as the Calgary Flames beat the Predators, 3-0, last night in Nashville.
Steve Begin opened the scoring at 1 minute 40 seconds of the first period. Skating low in the slot, he appeared to be tied up by Nashville's Karlis Skrastins. Instead, Begin was able to use his stick to redirect a shot from above the left circle by Chris Clark. The puck went between the skates of Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun.
"When we get the first goal everyone plays with confidence," Begin said. "Everyone plays smarter. When you give up the first goal, you panic. They were not disciplined. They ran all over the place and tried different things, but nothing worked. We played a solid game for 60 minutes and it was fun."
Calgary scored twice in the second period within 45 seconds.
Martin Gelinas made it 2-0 when he scored on a broken play at 5:14. Scott Nichol took a shot from the left circle that was stopped by Vokoun. With the puck bouncing around in front of the net, Gelinas, stationed by the right goal post, took three whacks at it and finally got it under Vokoun's outstretched left leg.
Ladislav Kohn made a backhand pass from behind the right side of the net to Craig Conroy, who was all alone beside the left post. Conroy switched from his backhand to his forehand and put the puck into an open net at 5:59 as Vokoun was slow to get into position.
* SHARKS 3, CANADIENS 1: Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist, and Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves to lead visiting San Jose.
Mike Rathje and Teemu Selanne also scored for San Jose, which won for the fifth time in seven games (5-1-0-1) to improve to 13-13-2-3. The Sharks have earned points in all but one game since Coach Ron Wilson took over for the fired Darryl Sutter (4-1-0-1).
* STARS 2, FLYERS 2: Keith Primeau and Mark Recchi scored power-play goals 59 seconds apart in the third period, lifting host Philadelphia to the tie in a matchup of first-place teams.
Mike Modano and Jason Arnott scored for Pacific Division-leading Dallas, which has the best record in the NHL at 18-7-7-1.
The Flyers, first in the Atlantic Division, are unbeaten in four (3-0-1).
* RED WINGS 2, ISLANDERS 2: Luc Robitaille's third-period goal completed visiting Detroit's comeback and earned the Red Wings the tie.
Robitaille stuffed the puck past Chris Osgood at the right post during a scramble at 6:56 of the period to give the Red Wings points in seven of eight games (5-1-2-0). Igor Larionov also scored for Detroit.
Curtis Joseph started for the Red Wings and stopped nine of 11 shots before being pulled for Manny Legace to start the second period. Legace then stopped all 21 shots he faced to earn the tie.
* COYOTES 5, PENGUINS 2: Rookie Ramzi Abid, recalled three days earlier from the minors, had two goals and an assist to lead host Phoenix.
* WILD 4, OILERS 3: Richard Park scored the tying goal in the third period and then won it 4:43 into overtime for host Minnesota's first-ever win over the Oilers.
"This is one of the best," Coach Jacques Lemaire said. "You can't forget the first game against Dallas, but because we'd never beaten this team, this was great, too."
* KINGS 6, BLUES 2: Eric Belanger capped his first career hat trick with a short-handed, empty-net goal and Los Angeles scored a season-high three power-play goals to beat visiting St. Louis.
Jaroslav Modry, Bryan Smolinski and Ziggy Palffy all scored with the man advantage -- Palffy's goal coming during a four-minute power play after Keith Tkachuk high-sticked Dmitry Yushkevich in the face in the third period.
* BLACKHAWKS 3, CANUCKS 2: Kyle Calder scored a power-play goal with one second left to give host Chicago the victory.