- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Undeterred by his scoring drought, Ryan Ellis just kept shooting and it paid off Tuesday night.

Ellis ended a 42-game scoring drought by notching the first of Nashville’s three third-period goals and added an assist to lead the Predators to a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Shea Weber scored in the first period, Craig Smith and Viktor Stalberg followed Ellis with goals in the third, and David Legwand had three assists to help Nashville snap a three-game losing streak.

Lee Stempniak and Mikael Backlund scored for Calgary, which has lost four of its last five.

Weber opened the scoring at 15:52 of the first period.

With Nashville on a power play, Roman Josi sent a pass from above the right faceoff circle to Weber above the left, where he blasted a one-timer over the glove of Flames‘ goaltender Karri Ramo.

The Predators outshot Calgary 15-10 in the first.

“We turned the puck over in the first period,” Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. “We kind of gave them the first period that we didn’t want to give them. We had no intensity. If it’s not for Karri Ramo, we could have gone on the plane after the first period.”

The Predators entered Tuesday with the league’s seventh-ranked power play, but had not scored a goal on the man advantage in their last four games.

A night after recording his first-career NHL shutout in Carolina, Ramo got the start Tuesday and made 30 saves.

The Flames drew even with 1:04 remaining in the first.

From behind the Nashville net, Jiri Hudler carried the puck just above the goal line on the left side and slid a pass to an unchecked Stempniak in the lower part of the right faceoff circle. His shot beat Nashville goaltender Carter Hutton for his seventh goal of the season.

Stempniak’s goal was his first since Dec. 7, a span of 17 games.

“I thought I did a good job tonight of handling the puck and keeping the forecheck at bay,” Hutton said. “I thought we had the edge in the first. I thought (Ramo) made a lot of good saves and for me, I was able to make a couple of saves and handle the puck and get in the game.”

Hutton saw his first game action since a disappointing effort in Carolina on Jan. 5 that drew some criticism from Nashville coach Barry Trotz. He recovered nicely Tuesday night, making 22 saves.

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