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Wings gain ground on Preds with SO win

Tuesday, 03.6.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Wings gain ground on Preds with SO win
By The Associated Press

Mathieu Schneider accepts congratulations after his second-period goal on Tuesday. He also had an assist in the Wings shootout win against Nashville.


DETROIT -- Johan Franzen scored on Detroit's fourth shot of a shootout, then Chris Osgood made a save to lift the Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

The Wings pulled within a point of Nashville in the Central Division, with the top two teams in the Western Conference set to meet twice next week and again in the final month of the regular season.

Extra shots were needed in the shootout after both teams scored once and were stopped twice.

Regulation wasn't enough to decide the game after Nashville's Greg Zanon made it 3-3 with 8:18 left.

In a 25-second span of the second period, Mathieu Schneider put Detroit ahead 3-2 with his 200th NHL goal and help tie the game with an assist. The Wings held the lead for nearly 19 minutes.

Both teams played without key players because of injuries, taking some of the luster off the matchup.

Among the missing Wings were Dominik Hasek, Henrik Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi, while Nashville was without Peter Forsberg, Scott Hartnell and Steve Sullivan. Forsberg also missed the previous game with an upper-body injury, and is day-to-day.

After Pavel Datsyuk put Detroit ahead 1-0, Martin Erat tied it late in the first period and Jason Arnott gave the Predators a 2-1 lead early in the second. Robert Lang tied the game at 12:30 of the second, off a rebound of Schneider's shot.

Osgood stopped 24 shots in regulation and overtime and Tomas Vokoun made 32 saves for the Predators, 5-0-3 in their last eight games.

The Wings lead Nashville 3-2 in the season series.

Detroit is 6-0-3 in its last nine games and hasn't lost at home in regulation in 17 games, dating to Dec. 12 against Ottawa.

With the sold-out crowd on its feet, Datsyuk opened the shootout with a goal. Paul Kariya scored on Nashville's second shot.

The Wings improved to an NHL-best 24-3-5 at home and a league-high 29-4-1 when they score first.

Datsyuk's latest highlight-worthy goal came 4:23 in when he blew past defender Marek Zidlicky and flipped a shot past Vokoun.

GAME NOTES: Wings coach Mike Babcock won his 100th game with the team in 149 games, the second fastest to reach the milestone. Tom Johnson had 100 victories in 138 games with the Boston Bruins. ... Nashville closed its road trip 3-0-2. ... Datsyuk has a five-game point streak, posting eight assists in the previous four games. ... Lang has two goals in three games after going scoreless in nine.

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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
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80