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Red Wings 3, Predators 2, SO

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:33 AM

Associated Press

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Red Wings 3, Predators 2, SO
Nashville Predators 2, Detroit Red Wings 3

DETROIT (AP) -The Detroit Red Wings came out fast after a long break, but couldn't finish in regulation.

Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored shootout goals to give Detroit a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night, the Red Wings' eighth straight win.

Detroit came back after blowing a 2-0 lead late in the third period

"We shouldn't have let them get those two goals," said Zetterberg.

Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist in regulation for Detroit, and Dan Cleary scored the other goal. Chris Osgood made 28 saves.

The Red Wings' last game was a 4-1 win in Calgary on Nov. 1.

"After five days off, I thought we'd struggle early and the first half we were great, skating good." said Osgood. "The second half, we didn't have our legs, weren't skating, and they came at us pretty hard."

Detroit outshot Nashville 30-14 in the first two periods.

Datsyuk scored on a forehand after a move, and Zetterberg on a backhand following a fake. It was the first shootout goal of the season for both players.

"It was about time I scored a (shootout) goal," said Zetterberg. "Pavel scored a nice goal, and I finally put one in."

Alexander Radulov and J.P. Dumont were both unsuccessful for the Predators.

Ryan Suter and Dumont scored for Nashville, and Radulov had two assists. Chris Mason stopped 43 shots.

"I think that was a huge step for us," Mason said. "Detroit doesn't give up many two-goal leads for us in the third period. It might not have been our strongest game, but we hung around and kept working."

Suter's second goal of the season put Nashville on the board with 7:32 remaining. His one-time slap shot from the point beat Osgood.

"We needed something," Suter said. "Once we scored, that gave us a little jump."

Dumont tied the game with 1:24 left, when he put in a puck from Osgood's left at the side of the net.

Cleary's power-play goal gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead 8:40 into the game. He poked the rebound of his original attempt past Mason. It was Cleary's third goal.

Hudler's 5-on-3 power-play goal made it 2-0 with 1:17 left in the second period. Tomas Holmstrom's shot hit Mason's mask and bounced in off of Hudler, for his fourth goal of the season.

"I don't think any of it was fantastic. I've been nervous for five days," said Detroit coach Mike Babcock. "I knew this was coming. I was scared about it."

Zetterberg, who leads the NHL with 25 points, also assisted on Hudler's goal to give him at least a point in all 15 games. That's a new Red Wings record for a point streak starting the season. The previous mark was 14 by Norm Ullman in 1960-61.

"It's fun to break records," Zetterberg said. "Easier to do it when you're winning and playing with good players."

Notes: Dominik Hasek, who has been resting a sore hip, was ready to play, but the Red Wings stayed with Osgood, who has won all eight of his starts this season. ... Nashville forwards Jason Arnott, and David Legwand have been placed on the NHL All-Star fan ballot.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:40
DET
PPG - Daniel Cleary (3) Tip-in - ASST: Valtteri Filppula (3), Jiri Hudler (2)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
18:43
DET
PPG - Jiri Hudler (4) Snap shot - ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (7), Henrik Zetterberg (13)
2 - 0 DET
3rd Period
12:28
NSH
Ryan Suter (2) Slapshot - ASST: David Legwand (8), Alexander Radulov (7)
2 - 1 DET
18:36
NSH
J-P Dumont (4) Snap shot - ASST: Alexander Radulov (8), Jason Arnott (8)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDDETNSHTOTAL
1P. Datsyuk
A. Radulov
1 - 0
2H. Zetterberg
J. Dumont
2 - 0
penalty summary
1st Period
01:55
DET
Daniel Cleary  Holding against  Ryan Suter
06:53
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Hi-sticking against  Johan Franzen
10:05
DET
Aaron Downey  Hooking against  Dan Hamhuis
16:13
NSH
Jason Arnott  Interference on goalkeeper against  Chris Osgood
17:32
NSH
Greg De Vries  Boarding against  Henrik Zetterberg
2nd Period
09:32
DET
Matt Ellis  Slashing against  Jordin Tootoo
12:34
DET
Henrik Zetterberg  Holding the stick against  Radek Bonk
17:01
NSH
Martin Erat  Unsportsmanlike conduct
17:40
NSH
Scott Nichol  Tripping against  Pavel Datsyuk
3rd Period
01:13
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Hooking against  Marek Zidlicky
09:19
NSH
Alexander Radulov  Hooking against  Henrik Zetterberg
16:19
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Hi-sticking against  Kirk Maltby
OT Period
02:50
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Hooking against  Johan Franzen
goalie stats
Chris Mason
SA: 45TOI: 65:00
Saves: 43EV: 28 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .956SH: 3 - 3
Chris Osgood
SA: 30TOI: 65:00
Saves: 28EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .933SH: 3 - 3