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Predators Beat Flames 5-3

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Nashville Predators left wing Sergei Kostitsyn (74), of Belarus, celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game against the Calgary Flames in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo) Nashville Predators left wing Sergei Kostitsyn (74), of Belarus, celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game against the Calgary Flames in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Sergei Kostitsyn scored three goals to lead the Nashville Predators to their third straight victory, 5-3 over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night.

Kevin Klein and Matt Halischuk also scored for Nashville.

Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque and Brendan Morrison scored for the Flames, who have lost three straight.

Kostitsyn's first goal gave Nashville a 2-1 lead. His second made it 4-1 and he capped the scoring with an empty-net goal.

Iginla, stationed in front of the crease, beat goaltender Pekka Rinne with a wrist shot 3:47 into the game.

Klein tied the game with 7:21 left in the first period when he blasted a slap shot from the blue line that beat goaltender Mikka Kiprusoff to his glove side.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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