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Nashville
Predators
41-32-9
Detroit
Red Wings
54-21-7
OT
22 SOG
36 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
NSH
DET
game recap

Red Wings 1, Predators 0, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Red Wings 1, Predators 0, OT
Nashville Predators 0, Detroit Red Wings 1

DETROIT (AP) -Johan Franzen celebrated Gordie Howe's birthday by breaking one of the Hall of Famer's records.

Franzen scored with 1:39 left in overtime to give the NHL-leading Detroit Red Wings a 1-0 win over the Nashville Predators on Sunday. It was Franzen's sixth game-winner of the month, passing the previous franchise record held by Howe and Henrik Zetterberg.

The Red Wings celebrated Howe's 80th birthday with a ceremony before the game. He actually turns 80 on Monday.

"I had no idea. It's probably the only record I'm going to break," Franzen said. "I'm sorry I had to spoil his birthday. It was the last day I could do it, too."

Franzen now has 14 goals and four assists in his last 13 games.

"I don't know what to say. It's all been going my way," he said.

Dominik Hasek, returning after missing two games because of the flu, stopped 22 shots for his 81st career shutout.

He stopped Ryan Suter on a breakaway about 1:40 into the extra period.

"I hesitated at first," Hasek said. "I was thinking about poke-checking him at the blue line but then I changed decision and was waiting patiently on him. I was in a great position, up high and out of the crease. He hit my blocker."

Franzen's goal also ended the franchise-record 233 minute, 39 second shutout streak of Nashville goalie Dan Ellis, who finished with 35 saves. It is also the fifth longest shutout streak in the modern era.

"It was good," Ellis said. "Right now, we're at a point where you put all of your personal stuff aside."

Ellis stopped Zetterberg's original shot, but Franzen was able to get just enough of the rebound and bounce it off of Suter and Ellis and into the net for his 26th goal.

"I didn't get all of it, and it touched something," Franzen said. "Maybe the defenseman and the goalie helped. When he tried to save it, he pushed it in. It was a lucky break, I guess."

Suter described it from his vantage point.

"I don't know how it got there," he said. "He whiffed on it and it came up and hit me in the hand and Elly (Ellis) on the pad.

Notes: Detroit was without D Brad Stuart (broken finger), RW Tomas Holmstrom (lower abdominal) and RW Mikael Samuelsson (groin). ... D Greg De Vries (upper body) and C David Legwand (foot) didn't play for Nashville.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
03:21
DET
Johan Franzen (26) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (49), Brian Rafalski (42)
1 - 0 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
00:42
DET
Tomas Kopecky  Roughing against  Scott Nichol
00:42
NSH
Scott Nichol  Diving against  Tomas Kopecky
13:13
DET
Brian Rafalski  Holding against  Jan Hlavac
17:41
DET
Brett Lebda  Holding against  Radek Bonk
2nd Period
00:22
DET
Kris Draper  Cross checking against  Jerred Smithson
03:18
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Hooking against  Alexander Radulov
04:31
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Slashing against  Chris Chelios
07:27
NSH
J-P Dumont  Hi-sticking against  Nicklas Lidstrom
15:33
NSH
Martin Erat  Delaying the game
3rd Period
02:34
DET
Chris Chelios  Hooking against  Scott Nichol
02:34
NSH
Scott Nichol  Roughing against  Chris Chelios
02:34
DET
Chris Chelios  Roughing against  Scott Nichol
09:22
NSH
Martin Erat  Hi stick - double minor against  Chris Chelios
11:53
DET
Johan Franzen  Tripping against  Ryan Suter
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Dan Ellis
SA: 36TOI: 63:21
Saves: 35EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .972SH: 4 - 4
Dominik Hasek
SA: 22TOI: 63:00
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: 1.000SH: 3 - 3