NHL

Ellis scores twice, Predators hold off late rally by Flames

  • Nashville Predators' Ryan Ellis, right, scores on Calgary Flames goalie Chad Johnson during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Nashville Predators' Ryan Ellis, right, scores on Calgary Flames goalie Chad Johnson during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg, from Sweden, celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg, from Sweden, celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros, from Finland, blocks the net during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros, from Finland, blocks the net during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Ryan Ellis had his first career two-goal game and the Nashville Predators held off a late rally to beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Thursday night.

James Neal scored his team-leading 15th goal, and Filip Forsberg added the other score for Nashville, which moved past idle Los Angeles into the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Kris Versteeg, Michael Frolik and Sean Monahan all scored late in the third period for the Flames.

Rookie Juuse Saros made 32 saves for the win, while Chad Johnson turned aside 17 shots in defeat to fall to 16-11-1.