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Predators 6, Red Wings 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:17 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 6, Red Wings 2
Detroit Red Wings 2, Nashville Predators 6

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -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 Detroit 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."

Notes: The Predators have outscored their opponents 32-11 in the second period. Kariya has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last seven games. Hartnell, with four penalty minutes, moved ahead of former Predator Scott Walker as the all-time penalty minutes leader with 461. Lang's goal was the 200th of his career. Zetterberg added to his team lead in goals for Detroit with eight.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:34
DET
Henrik Zetterberg (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Robert Lang (8), Niklas Kronwall (4)
1 - 0 DET
18:28
NSH
PPG - Kimmo Timonen (4) Slapshot - ASST: Marek Zidlicky (11), Steve Sullivan (16)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
06:33
NSH
J-P Dumont (6) Backhand shot - ASST: Steve Sullivan (17), Vernon Fiddler (4)
2 - 1 NSH
07:54
NSH
Alexander Radulov (4) Snap shot - ASST: Dan Hamhuis (3)
3 - 1 NSH
09:55
NSH
PPG - Marek Zidlicky (3) Slapshot - ASST: David Legwand (11), Steve Sullivan (18)
4 - 1 NSH
12:02
NSH
PPG - Scott Hartnell (8) Tip-in - ASST: Kimmo Timonen (10), Marek Zidlicky (12)
5 - 1 NSH
15:50
NSH
Paul Kariya (5) Slapshot - ASST: Martin Erat (15), Ryan Suter (7)
6 - 1 NSH
3rd Period
12:21
DET
Robert Lang (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Williams (7), Danny Markov (4)
6 - 2 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
10:19
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Hooking
10:19
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Diving against  Niklas Kronwall
17:09
DET
Kris Draper  Tripping against  Martin Erat
17:55
DET
Kirk Maltby  Hooking against  Martin Erat
2nd Period
01:03
DET
Henrik Zetterberg  Hooking against  Dan Hamhuis
01:42
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Holding the stick against  Chris Chelios
03:42
NSH
Ryan Suter  Cross checking against  Robert Lang
09:23
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Tripping against  Paul Kariya
11:06
DET
Danny Markov  Too many men/ice - bench
12:28
DET
Mikael Samuelsson  Roughing against  Josef Vasicek
12:28
NSH
Josef Vasicek  Roughing against  Mikael Samuelsson
12:28
NSH
Shea Weber  Roughing against  Mikael Samuelsson
17:06
DET
Kirk Maltby  Unsportsmanlike conduct
17:06
DET
Jason Williams  Cross checking against  Vernon Fiddler
17:06
NSH
Vernon Fiddler  Slashing against  Jason Williams
3rd Period
01:41
DET
Kris Draper  Hooking against  Steve Sullivan
goalie stats
Joey MacDonald
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 8
SV%: .778SH: 0 - 0
Chris Mason
Chris Mason
SA: 34TOI: 59:53
Saves: 32EV: 30 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .941SH: 0 - 0

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