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game recap

Predators 3, Red Wings 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 3, Red Wings 1
Nashville Predators 3, Detroit Red Wings 1

DETROIT (AP) -The Nashville Predators finally played like a desperate team.

Rich Peverley's second-period goal broke a tie and lifted the Predators to a 3-1 win over the Red Wings on Saturday, snapping Detroit's five-game winning streak.

Dan Hamhuis and Jerred Smithson also scored for Nashville, fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Dan Ellis made 34 saves for the Predators, who broke a three-game losing streak.

"We really put the pedal down," Ellis said "Now we realize the way we have to play."

It was Nashville's first win in Detroit in almost two years. Its last victory at Joe Louis Arena was on March 21, 2006.

"There couldn't have been a better time to get the win here," Hamhuis said.

Niklas Kronwall scored the lone goal for NHL-leading Detroit. Chris Osgood stopped 24 shots.

"I thought they played hard, and we didn't compete as well as we always do," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Give their goalie credit, he made some good saves."

Nashville Predators' goalie Dan Ellis, top, is up-ended by Detroit Red Wings' center Valtteri Filppula during the third period on Saturday. Nashville won, 3-1, to move within two points of the Vancouver Canucks for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Peverley capitalized on a Red Wings' miscue 6:10 into the second period. Osgood and Kronwall had a mix-up behind the net when Osgood left the puck for the defenseman. But Peverley was closer to the puck than Kronwall and he pounced on it and put it in from the side of the net for his third goal.

"I have to look at the video on the plane to see what happened," Kronwall said. "I thought I had the puck on my blade, but it might have bounced over it. ... It may have been too far. It happened too fast."

Detroit had a golden opportunity to tie the game when Predators defenseman Greg Zanon got a 4-minute penalty for high-sticking with 8:03 left in the third period for clipping Jiri Hudler in the face. Nashville killed off the advantage.

"When we got through that, I knew we were going to win the game, one way or another," Predators coach Barry Trotz said.

Smithson added an empty-net goal with 17 seconds left.

Hamhuis opened the scoring with 9:33 remaining in the first period when he cut in off the right wing and put a shot past Osgood as he cut across the crease for his fourth goal.

Kronwall tied it with 2:17 left in the period. He converted a cross-crease pass from Johan Franzen for his sixth goal.

Notes: Detroit recalled LW Mattias Ritola from Grand Rapids (AHL). ... Nashville C David Legwand missed the game because of a sore foot. ... The Red Wings were without G Dominik Hasek (sore back), RW Tomas Holmstrom (lower abdominal), C Kris Draper (groin) and Aaron Downey (flu). ... Franzen extended his point streak to six games (6 goals, 3 assists).

scoring summary
1st Period
10:27
NSH
Dan Hamhuis (4) ASST: Alexander Radulov (31), Jason Arnott (42)
1 - 0 NSH
17:43
DET
Niklas Kronwall (6) ASST: Johan Franzen (9), Mikael Samuelsson (28)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
06:10
NSH
Rich Peverley (3) ASST: Greg Zanon (5), Brandon Bochenski (9)
2 - 1 NSH
3rd Period
19:42
NSH
EN - Jerred Smithson (6) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
12:04
NSH
Shea Weber  Roughing against  Johan Franzen
13:19
DET
Jiri Hudler  Roughing against  Scott Nichol
13:19
NSH
Scott Nichol  Roughing against  Jiri Hudler
2nd Period
01:34
NSH
Alexander Radulov  Hooking against  Pavel Datsyuk
03:00
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Interference against  Scott Nichol
11:58
NSH
Radek Bonk  Cross checking against  Niklas Kronwall
14:38
NSH
Jason Arnott  Hooking against  Mikael Samuelsson
3rd Period
05:00
DET
Brett Lebda  Interference against  Jordin Tootoo
08:03
NSH
Greg Zanon  Hi stick - double minor against  Jiri Hudler
12:44
DET
Brian Rafalski  Hooking against  J-P Dumont
goalie stats
Dan Ellis
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .971SH: 0 - 0
Chris Osgood
SA: 26TOI: 59:09
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .923SH: 1 - 1