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Osgood, penalty-kill lifts Wings to seventh straight

Tuesday, 12.11.2007 / 7:16 AM ET / Recap
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Osgood, penalty-kill lifts Wings to seventh straight

NASHVILLE -- Concentrating on protecting a one-goal lead in the third period, Detroit goalie Chris Osgood couldn't help but notice how Valterri Filppula was still zipping around the ice.

Tomas Kopecky and Filppula scored first-period goals and the Red Wings won their seventh straight, 2-1 over the Nashville Predators.

"He was still flying around in the third period," Osgood said. "He has a ton of energy. He is a big, strong kid. As we go along he gets better and better. He is getting more minutes and he is doing really well with them."

Filppula was awarded a penalty shot after he was tripped by Jerred Smithson while he skated toward the net at 15:06 in the first. Predators goalie Dan Ellis went low to block the shot, and Filppula shot it over the goalie for a 2-0 lead.

"I'm glad that was called," Filppula said. "I could not get a shot off after that. I think that is the biggest reason the penalty shot was called.

"He just hit my legs. I think it was a pretty clear tripping call."

Kopecky opened the scoring 7:10 into the game, firing a one-timer from inside the right circle that found the net between Ellis and the left post.

"I actually thought we were really ready to play," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "All in all, when you go through our lineup we had a lot of strong contributions against a good team. It was a good win for us."

The Predators cut the Detroit lead to 2-1 with 24 seconds left in the second period. After failing to score on three power-play attempts in the period, the Predators got a short-handed goal. David Legwand was skating in on a breakaway and lost the puck. Martin Gelinas, following behind, shot the loose puck between the leg pads of goalie Osgood.

"We had a little bit of a rough start and it made it tough to come back," said Gelinas. "They play the puck well and don't give you too much. We got the short-handed goal, and we got a lot of chances, but we couldn't buy another goal."

The Predators outshot the Red Wings in the third period 13-10.

"We ran out of gas a little bit in the third," Osgood said. "We didn't possess the puck as much as we usually do and that was forcing us to be in our end a lot."

Detroit out shot Nashville 35-31. Both teams were unable to score on the power play. The Red Wings were 0-for-6 and the Predators were 0-for-7.

"The No. 1 thing for us was our penalty kill was great," Osgood said. "We got in a lot of shooting lanes and pushed them to the outside. Nashville tried a few cross-ice passes and we were there to deflect them away or get a stick on them. We did a good job with our sticks in blocking shots."

GAME NOTES: All three of the Predators short-handed goals this season have been scored in the last five games. ... Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk had an assist, giving him points in 12 of his last 13 games (10 goals, 10 assists). ... All three games between Nashville and Detroit this season have been decided by one goal.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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