Wings end skid with 4-0 win over Predators

NHL.com | Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 8:58 AM

Jimmy Howard made sure the Detroit Red Wings put an end to their five-game winless streak Saturday night.

Howard stopped all 33 shots he faced, and Drew Miller, Tomas Tatar, Niklas Kronwall and Daniel Cleary scored as the Red Wings got back on track with a 4-0 victory against the Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena.

For the Red Wings (8-7-3), it was their first win in 13 days. They had earned two points in their previous five contests, both overtime losses.

"We put everything to rest," Howard said.

Pekka Rinne, who made 23 saves, took the loss for Nashville (8-6-5), which was shut out 1-0 by the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. The Predators have not scored since Shea Weber’s overtime goal defeated the Red Wings 4-3 on Feb. 19.

Detroit led 2-0 in three of the losses during its skid.

"When you haven't won, it doesn't matter what the score is, the lead's never safe," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "It's just a confidence thing. Confidence in pro sports comes and goes in a hurry, so this is a big win for us."

Tatar gave Detroit a two-goal lead early in the second, and Kronwall – who also had two assists -- made it a three-goal game late in the period.

"The third goal was the backbreaker for our team," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said.

Detroit didn't waste its first 3-0 lead of the season, but instead added to it with Cleary's goal on a power play midway through the third period.

The Red Wings didn't need another goal to win, but they were desperate for some success on the power play. They got some when Cleary raised his stick to redirect Kronwall's slap shot past Rinne.

"It was big," Cleary said. "We got some guys moving and we got some shots. We were talking all day about getting more shots."

During its five-game losing streak, Detroit scored only one goal on 17 power plays.

Nashville, playing on consecutive nights, has lost two straight and four of five.

The Predators had won seven of eight against Detroit, including last year's first-round playoff series, but lost this one despite outshooting the Red Wings.

"Got to find a way to score," Weber said. "Chances aren't going to win the games."

Detroit made the most of its second chances to score against Rinne, who matched a season high by allowing four goals.

Miller scored off a rebound 5:11 into the game to perhaps relax the reeling Red Wings. Tatar lifted a loose puck high and into the net 2:58 into the second period.

Kronwall's one-timer fluttered past Rinne, who had an obstructed view of the shot as Cleary was tangled up with teammate Scott Hannan in front. That gave the Red Wings a 3-0 lead at 15:33 of the second.

Howard made nine saves in the third period to seal his 12th career shutout.

"He was really good early when the game was right on the line," Babcock said. "They were better than us early, and he was good. Really good for him but more importantly, good for us. We needed the win."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:11DET Drew Miller (2) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (10), Patrick Eaves (3) 1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
02:58DET Tomas Tatar (3) ASST: Joakim Andersson (2) 2 - 0 DET
15:33DET Daniel Cleary (3) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (11), Pavel Datsyuk (11) 3 - 0 DET
3rd Period
11:48DET PPG - Daniel Cleary (4) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (12), Pavel Datsyuk (12) 4 - 0 DET
Three Stars of the Game
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 33-33
PIM: 0PP: 0-0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Niklas Kronwall
Niklas Kronwall
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 19:24
Drew Miller
Drew Miller
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:34
Penalty Summary
1st Period
18:04DET Niklas Kronwall  Hooking against  Colin Wilson
2nd Period
04:51NSH Rich Clune  Boarding against  Ian White
11:11DET Jonathan Ericsson  Holding against  Craig Smith
3rd Period
11:11NSH Ryan Ellis  Holding against  Valtteri Filppula
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/21/2
Faceoff Wins2424
Blocked Shots812
Penalty Minutes44
4R. EllisD00-22218:11
6S. WeberD0002024:22
7J. BlumD0000010:38
8K. KleinD00-12019:32
10M. EratR00-23019:32
11D. LegwandC00-21016:46
12M. FisherC0002016:18
13N. SpalingC00-20011:43
15C. SmithR0006017:55
16R. CluneL0004216:14
22S. HannanD00-20020:45
24M. HalischukR00-21011:44
27P. HornqvistR0003016:55
33C. WilsonL00-11018:07
57G. BourqueR0002014:06
59R. JosiD0002022:25
74S. KostitsynL0001018:21
75H. GillD00-1104:07
35P. Rinne2327.85259:42
3K. HuskinsD0000016:55
4J. KindlD0000017:31
8J. AbdelkaderL0011015:03
11D. ClearyR2015018:10
13P. DatsyukC0212018:53
17P. EavesR0121011:54
18I. WhiteD0010023:12
20D. MillerL1013013:34
21T. TatarL1012011:41
22J. TootooR0002011:29
23B. LashoffD0010024:14
24D. BrunnerR0004014:48
25C. EmmertonC0000011:53
40H. ZetterbergL0001019:36
51V. FilppulaC0001018:07
52J. EricssonD0021218:15
55N. KronwallD0322219:24
63J. AnderssonC0122011:21
35J. Howard33331.00060:00