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Predators 5, Red Wings 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

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Predators 5, Red Wings 3
Detroit Red Wings 3, Nashville Predators 5

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -The Nashville Predators are back in the series. The Detroit Red Wings are searching for their lost momentum.

Jason Arnott scored with 3:58 left in the final period, the second Nashville goal in 9 seconds, and the Predators rallied to beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Monday night and cut the first-round series deficit to 2-1.

"There's moments that are going to happen in a series that can change the whole series," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "I don't know, we might have just had ours."

So it would seem.

Ryan Suter tied the game just 9 seconds before Arnott's goal, putting a slap shot from the left side past Dominik Hasek, who had dominated the Predators for most of the game and the series. Martin Erat scored an empty-netter with 41 seconds left to seal the come-from-behind win.

Nashville will look to tie the series in Game 4 on Wednesday night. The series will then shift back to Detroit on Friday.

"I don't know what it is. When we get down, we seem to push that much harder," said Arnott, who also scored in the second period.

For Detroit, the somber locker room felt like a team that had just been eliminated, not like the NHL's top seed which still leads the series. Pavel Datsyuk goal 40 seconds into the final period had given the Red Wings a 3-2 lead, and for them, what appeared to be a tight grip on the series.

"Guys are down. Guys are hurting," Detroit center Kris Draper said. "At the same time, when we wake up (Tuesday), we're still up 2-1, even if it doesn't feel that way."

Detroit had outshot Nashville in each of the first two games of the series, including 12 consecutive games dating back to the last two seasons.

After managing only three goals against Hasek through the first two games of the series, the Predators came out shooting early and often against the 43-year-old goaltender. And the strategy paid off.

Nashville outshot Detroit 29-26 and scored two more goals than it had in the first two games combined, avoiding an 0-3 hole that only two teams in NHL history have ever come back from.

"To go down 0-3 would have been a huge hole that not many teams have come out of," Nashville center David Legwand said. Now, I feel like we have taken the momentum from them."

The Predators trailed 0-2 in the second period before tying the game, bringing life to a Thunder-Stick pounding Sommet Center crowd.

Alexander Radulov would deflect a slap shot by Ryan Suter for a goal that tightened the game to 2-1, and Arnott would tie the game with 4:59 to play in the second period, one-timing a pass from J.P. Dumont on a 2-on-1 break.

"We sure thought we were set up pretty well," Detroit coach Mike Babock said. "It looked like things were going real good ... It was a good momentum swing for them, and we didn't handle it very good."

Nashville, on the other hand, survived one of its toughest test in a season filled with them. Now the Predators will look to tie the series and try to survive the first round, something they've never done.

"Our guys just keep getting kicked down," Trotz said. "But they keep coming back."

Notes: Legwand returned to the lineup after missing 14 straight games with a deep bone bruise on his left foot, but played sparingly and appeared to be slowed by the injury. Legwand had not played since March 7 after taking a shot off his foot ... Detroit RW Kirk Maltby (hamstring), and RW Tomas Kopecky (legs) were scratched before the game ... The Red Wings have scored first in each of the first three games ... Vince Gill, a Nashville native recently inducted into the County Music Hall of Fame, sang the national anthem.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:56
DET
Kris Draper (2) ASST: Jiri Hudler (3), Daniel Cleary (1)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
09:12
DET
PPG - Jiri Hudler (1) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (2), Johan Franzen (1)
2 - 0 DET
12:53
NSH
Alexander Radulov (2) ASST: Ryan Suter (1), Marek Zidlicky (2)
2 - 1 DET
15:01
NSH
David Legwand (1) ASST: J-P Dumont (1), Jan Hlavac (1)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
00:40
DET
Pavel Datsyuk (1) ASST: NONE
3 - 2 DET
16:03
NSH
Ryan Suter (1) ASST: Jan Hlavac (2), Marek Zidlicky (3)
3 - 3 Tie
16:12
NSH
Jason Arnott (1) ASST: Alexander Radulov (1), Greg Zanon (2)
4 - 3 NSH
19:39
NSH
EN - Martin Erat (1) ASST: Dan Hamhuis (1)
5 - 3 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
05:09
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Slashing against  Dan Hamhuis
06:06
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Interference against  Pavel Datsyuk
11:27
NSH
Ryan Suter  Slashing against  Henrik Zetterberg
17:15
DET
Mark Hartigan  Interference against  Vernon Fiddler
17:53
NSH
Martin Erat  Interference against  Dominik Hasek
18:26
DET
Henrik Zetterberg  Tripping against  Jan Hlavac
2nd Period
07:24
NSH
Alexander Radulov  Slashing against  Henrik Zetterberg
10:38
NSH
Jason Arnott  Hi-sticking against  Tomas Holmstrom
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Dominik Hasek
SA: 28TOI: 59:34
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .857SH: 2 - 2
Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis
SA: 26TOI: 59:56
Saves: 23EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .885SH: 0 - 0

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