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CALGARY, Alberta -- When they drafted him in the first round in 2002, the Calgary Flames undoubtedly had designs on left winger Eric Nystrom scoring some big goals at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Just not for the other guys.

Now with his fourth team at the NHL level, Nystrom had a career-high four goals Friday for the Nashville Predators, although the host Flames fought back for a 5-4 shootout victory.

Defensemen Mark Giordano and TJ Brodie, right winger David Jones and center Mikael Backlund each scored for the Flames (18-27-7) in regulation and rookie center Sean Monahan had the decisive goal in the fourth round of the shootout.

Jiri Hudler also scored for the Flames in the shootout, while defenseman Roman Josi had Nashville's only goal in the showdown and Nystrom was surprisingly left on the bench despite scoring four goals during the game for the Predators (23-22-8).

Nystrom capitalized on Nashville's first shot of the night, grabbing a loose puck, fooling Flames netminder Karri Ramo with a head fake and then rifling a shot into the net at the 1:51 mark of the opening period.

With Predators center Paul Gaustad serving his punishment for holding, Giordano knotted the score just 1:32 later, picking the top corner from the blue line on the power play. With the goal, Calgary's captain extended his personal point streak to a career-high six games.

Nystrom struck early again in the second period. Josi's dump-in caused problems for Ramo, who managed to get his blocker on the bouncing puck but couldn't stop the Predators' left winger on the rebound just 1:50 after the intermission.

Nystrom completed his first career hat trick with a deflection just over four minutes later, although Gaustad was originally credited with Nashville's third goal of the night. Flames backup Reto Berra relieved Ramo after Nystrom got a piece of Gaustad's shot from an awkward angle.

Jones trimmed the lead on a power play early in the third period, scoring on a shot from the slot that Predators goalie Devan Dubnyk probably should have stopped.

Nystrom restored the two-goal lead when he poked Matt Cullen's pass through Berra's five-hole, but the Flames weren't going away.

Backlund deflected Kris Russell's point shot on the power play -- Calgary's third of the night on the man-advantage -- at 12:27 of the third period and Brodie tied it up just 69 seconds later with a blast from the back-end.

NOTES: The Flames continue their five-game homestand with Tuesday's meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks at the Scotiabank Saddledome, while Edmonton is the next stop on the Predators' four-game journey. They'll face off Sunday against the Oilers. ... Flames LW Paul Byron returned to the lineup after missing one game with a sore foot, while RW Brian McGrattan and D Ladislav Smid were both spectators due to undisclosed injuries. ... Flames LW Michael Cammalleri, who has been out for seven games due to a concussion, participated in Friday's morning skate but has not been cleared for contact. ... The Predators recalled LW Taylor Beck from the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals for their road trip, but he has yet to play. ... Predators assistant coach Lane Lambert stayed home to be with his wife, who is undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Scott Nichol, a longtime NHLer and now director of player development for the Predators, is helping out behind the bench.

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