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Red Wings 4, Predators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Red Wings 4, Predators 1
Detroit Red Wings 4, Nashville Predators 1
Three Stars of the Game
Jimmy Howard
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 24-25
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: .969SH: 2-2
Valtteri Filppula
Valtteri Filppula
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:22
Pavel Datsyuk
Pavel Datsyuk
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 16:37

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Missing a shutout was of no concern to Jimmy Howard. The Detroit Red Wings goalie was more concerned with earning a road win against a division rival.

Howard stopped 31 of 32 shots to help the Red Wings stop a two-game skid with a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Monday night.

Howard credited the victory to a fast start for the Red Wings in front of a sellout crowd.

"We did a great job of countering them in the first 10 minutes," Howard said. "The Predators do a great job early, but we came out mentally refreshed. We didn't look gassed or anything like that. We skated extra time during the morning skate to stretch our legs.

"The first 10 minutes here you just have to survive. We did a great job of counter punching."

Nashville coach Barry Trotz gave Howard the credit for getting the Red Wings off to a strong start.

"We had more chances than Detroit, but the start of the game was all Jimmy Howard," Trotz said. "He made some key saves at key times. We had lots of quality chances but we just couldn't convert them."

Valtteri Filppula scored the first and last goals for the Red Wings - one in the first and another in the third.

The Predators, who have lost two straight and three of four, held an 8-7 advantage in shots on goal in the first period, but the Red Wings scored the only goal. Filppula fired a shot from high in the slot that beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne low to his right side with 9:03 to go in the period.

Filppula struck for the second time when he capped off a flurry of shots with a wrister from low in the right circle 5:22 into the third period.

In the second period, the Red Wings got two goals in 13 seconds. Pavel Datsyuk scored on a wrap-around as he squeezed the puck between the left post and Rinne with 7:08 left. The play was reviewed before the goal was officially announced.

"One of the linesmen saw it and he thought it was definitely in," Trotz said. "As I said to them, the puck was probably in but I don't know if it was conclusively in."

With 6:55 to go in the period, Danny Cleary sent a wrister from the low inside edge of the right circle past Rinne glove side.

"It was key to get two quick goals, especially doing it on the road," Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom said. "We got the first goal but I thought we didn't slow down at all. We just kept playing our game and getting opportunities."

The Predators squandered five power-play chances.

"We did an excellent job on the penalty kill," Howard said. "We kept it simple. When we got the puck, 95 percent of the time we got it out and made them regroup and come back a full 200 feet. We chewed up a lot of time."

Jonathon Blum ended Howard's attempt for his fourth shutout of the season with a blast from just inside the blue line with 2:12 left in the game.

The Predators were without Shea Weber, the team's captain and points leader. He is listed as having an upper-body injury. Trotz admitted the loss of Weber changed the attitude of the team, but also thought the Predators played well despite his absence.

"I think there was some apprehension," Trotz said. "We had a very good Detroit team coming in here and you don't know who is going to respond to match-ups.

"I thought we responded pretty well once again. We played as well as Detroit, maybe even better."

Notes: The Red Wings played the third period without Tomas Holmstrom, who pulled his groin. ... Ryan Ellis was recalled from Milwaukee of the AHL by the Predators on Monday to replace Weber and made his NHL debut. ... Johan Franzen had one assist for Detroit, the 250th point of his career. ... Filppula needs only four points to reach 200 for his career.

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scoring summary
1st Period
Valtteri Filppula (11) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (16)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
Pavel Datsyuk (11) ASST: Todd Bertuzzi (11), Johan Franzen (17)
2 - 0 DET
Daniel Cleary (9) ASST: Drew Miller (5)
3 - 0 DET
3rd Period
Valtteri Filppula (12) ASST: Justin Abdelkader (6), Cory Emmerton (3)
4 - 0 DET
Jonathon Blum (3) ASST: Jordin Tootoo (10)
4 - 1 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
Cory Emmerton  Tripping against  Patric Hornqvist
Ryan Ellis  Interference against  Darren Helm
Johan Franzen  Holding against  Colin Wilson
2nd Period
Henrik Zetterberg  Hi-sticking against  Jordin Tootoo
3rd Period
Jonathan Ericsson  Tripping against  Sergei Kostitsyn
Pavel Datsyuk  Hooking against  Matt Halischuk
Mike Fisher  Holding against  Jiri Hudler
goalie stats
Jimmy Howard
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .969SH: 2 - 2
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 18EV: 16 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
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