Kostitsyn, Predators extend streaks in victory over Devils

Friday, December 17, 2010 at 8:28pm
Staff reports

Martin Erat scored a pair of power play goals, and Sergei Kostitsyn tied a franchise history with an assist in seven straight games as the Nashville Predators defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-1 Friday at New Jersey.

It was Nashville’s fifth consecutive victory and 10th straight game with a point (8-0-2).

Kostitsyn had the secondary assist on Erat’s second goal, which gave the Predators a 3-0 advantage at 4:55 of the third period.

He matched the mark of seven straight games with an assist originally set by Cliff Ronning (Jan. 6-21, 2000) and later matched by Kimmo Timonen (Feb. 23-March 7, 2003).

Kostitsyn also extended his career-high point streak to eight games. He has two goals and eight assists during that stretch.

Erat’s first goal made it 2-0 at 4:56 of the second period. It was the second time in three games and the fifth time this season the Predators had more than one power-play goal in a game.

Erat came into the contest with just one power play goal in 23 games on the season. With three, he is now tied with Steve Sullivan for the team lead.

Sullivan gave the Predators a 1-0 lead when he scored with 17 seconds to play in the opening period. It was his ninth goal of the season and broke a tie with Patric Hornqvist for the team lead. Hornqvist missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury.

Defenseman Ryan Suter had the primary assist on both Erat goals. Shea Weber also had a pair of assists, one on each of the Predators’ first two goals.

Anders Lindback held the NHL’s lowest scoring team without a goal for the first 47:06. The Devils finally converted when Mattias Tedenby scored a power-play goal with 36 seconds remaining on a third-period hooking penalty against Colin Wilson.

Nashville completes its sixth back-to-back of the season Saturday when it faces the Los Angeles Kings, 7 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena.