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Predators score 2 quick goals in 3rd, top Flames

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 23, 2013 at 11:12 pm •  Published: April 23, 2013
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Watson scored his first NHL goal. David Legwand netted his 200th.

The Nashville Predators needed both to beat the Calgary Flames and end a long losing streak.

Watson and Matt Halischuk scored 1:23 apart in the third period to lead the Predators to a 4-3 win on Tuesday night.

Legwand and Nick Spaling had the other goals for Nashville, which ended the franchise's longest losing streak at eight games. Shea Weber added two assists.

"We won the game. We haven't won for a while, so we weren't quite sure what to do," Nashville coach Barry Trotz joked. "The guys have been working hard and they are not getting rewarded. Tonight it was good to get rewarded."

Roman Cervenka scored two goals, and T.J. Brodie had the other goal for Calgary, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Brodie gave the Flames a 1-0 lead at 5:59 of the first period.

With the teams skating 4-on-4, Brodie had the puck at the top of the right circle and made a toe-drag move to the faceoff dot. He then fired a wrist shot that beat goalie Pekka Rinne on the far side.

Legwand tied it at 14:39 of the first when he got to a rebound of Weber's slap shot from the top of the right circle.

"It has been four or five games since I got one, so it was nice to get it here," Legwand said of his 200th.

Legwand, Nashville's first draft pick, has played all 892 NHL games with the Predators.

Filip Forsberg earned the second assist on Legwand's goal. It was the 18-year-old rookie's first NHL point.

Calgary regained the lead at 7:06 of the second on a goal by Cervenka.

Approaching the Nashville blue line, Cervenka corralled a bouncing pass off the stick of Sven Baertschi and slipped behind the Predators defense. In the low slot, he fired a wrist shot past Rinne high to the stick side.

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