Dan Ellis stopped 22 shots and recorded his first shutout of the season as the Nashville Predators completed a three-game sweep through western Canada with a 1-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday at Calgary.
It was the 10th shutout of Ellis’ career. His last came Feb. 6, 2009 at Minnesota.
It also was the 12th 1-0 victory in franchise history and the first since Feb. 21, 2009, when the Predators beat the St. Louis Blues in overtime with Ellis in the nets.
Nashville (29-16-3, 61 points) won for the seventh time in nine games and became the third team in the Western Conference to reach 60 points. Chicago and San Jose (68 points each) were the first two.
Patric Hornqvist scored the game’s only goal with 6:22 to play. He squeezed the puck between the pads of Flames’ goalie Miika Kiprusoff when he redirected as pass from Steve Sullivan from behind the net.
It was the second of just four shots in the period for the Predators, who were outshot 22-1 for the contest.
The goal was Hornqvist’s sixth in the last six games and raised his team-leading total to 19 for the season.
The Predators will be at home Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. Fox Sports-Tennessee) before they go back on the road for four more games. It will be just the third visit to the Sommet Center all-time by one of the league’s most storied franchises.