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Nashville collects 6-2 win over Wings

Saturday, 11.25.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Nashville collects 6-2 win over Wings
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The defense is providing much of the offense for the Nashville Predators this season.

The youth of the defensive unit, led by Kimmo Timonen, the only player on the unit with more than two years of NHL experience, prompted concerns about their ability. While some of those concerns have been realized, there is no question that they can score.

Timonen and Marek Zidlicky had a power-play goal apiece, and Timonen assisted on a power-play goal and Zidlicky assisted on two in the Predators' 6-2 victory over the Red Wings on Saturday night, when Nashville's defensemen accounted for two goals and five assists.

The Predators are the only team in the NHL with four defensemen - Zidlicky, Timonen, Shea Weber and Ryan Suter - with 10 or more points this season.

"Thats the new NHL," Predators forward Steve Sullivan said. "You need your defensemen jumping up. Three guys in a rush usually isn't enough. We have four or five guys on defense who are very capable offensively. That makes it a lot easier for us as forwards to know we have a second wave of attack. Most of our defensemen are getting real good scoring chances."

The Predators also got goals from Jean-Pierre Dumont, Alexander Radulov, Scott Hartnell and Paul Kariya. The Red Wings started seldom-used Joey MacDonald in goal.

"When you have production from all of your units it is pretty hard not to have success," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We had timely goals. We had power-play goals."

Chris Mason made 28 saves starting in place of Tomas Vokoun, who will be out two to six weeks with ligament damage to his left thumb. The win gives the Predators a four-point lead over Detroit in the Central Division.

Henrik Zetterberg and Robert Lang scored for Detroit.

"We had a young guy playing in net for the second game of his career," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "In that situation you want to do everything you can to not give up shots. But that wasn't the case for us at all. You can't leave here as a coach or as a player and not be disappointed."

The first period was even with Zetterberg firing a slap shot past Mason to his stick side at 8:34.

Timonen answered at 18:28 on a 5-on-3 power play with a slap shot from the top of the slot that went over MacDonald's pads.

The Predators had 11 shots on goal in the first and Detroit 10.

The Predators scored five times in the second period. Dumont started the attack at 6:33 when he scored while skating down the right side of the slot. Radulov scored at 7:54 as he went high to MacDonald's stick side from the inside the right circle.

Zidlicky scored on the power play at 9:55. Hartnell scored the Predators' third power-play goal of the game and second of the period at 12:02. He posted up in front of MacDonald. Timonen fired the puck from just inside the blue line and Hartnell redirected the puck into the net.

Kariya closed out the second period scoring at 15:50, finding an opening from inside the right circle.

"One thing I liked about that was that when we got the second and third goals in the period we weren't satisfied," Trotz said. "We got them on the ropes. We had the killer instinct. We wanted to keep it going to see if they were going to break. And we were able to break them in the second period."

Mason gave up his second goal of the game at 12:21 of the third period as Lang skated in from the right side and beat him to his glove side.

"I've felt good so far this season," Mason said. "I just want to try to help the team. I'm going to hang in there and do my part while Tomas is getting better."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80