Matthew Tkachuk guides the Flames to victory in Nashville

Matthew Tkachuk tied the game late in the third period and tied the game in overtime in a 6-5 victory for the Calgary Flames (7-6-2) against the Predators (8-4-1), Nashville, Thursday.

The Flames closed a three-goal gap in the final 19 minutes of the game to win overseas and put a stop to a four-game winning streak for the Predators.

The new Central Division leaders were the first to sign up for the score sheet early in the first half.

Nick Hatino scored a hat trick on Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks (3-6-2) in a fourth straight period. However, his successful streak ended.

Austin Watson doubled the bet five minutes later, but Derek Ryan reduced the Flames to a length from the Predators before the initial engagement ended.

Calle Jarnkrok had two shorthanded hits, each with Watson’s help, in the middle period to widen the gap to 4-1.

David Rittich (no 33), Roman Josi (no 59) and Calle Jarnkrok (no 19)

Photo: The Canadian Press / Mark Zaleski

The Flames tied the game twice rather than the third. Rasmus Andersson, Elias Lindholm and Alan Quine hit the target in quick succession, before seeing Watson get his double to give the Predators a 5-4 lead.

Tkachuk, however, pushed the overtime clash with a goal in the last minute of the third period. He sealed the outcome of the confrontation beautifully by making a shot with the stick placed between his legs.

Goalkeeper Pekka Rinne only faced nine hits from the visitors in the first 40 minutes of play. He concluded with 21 saves.

His opposite at the other end of the ice, David Rittich, received 36 throws, 5 of which made the cracks of his net move.

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