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Nashville
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40-34-8
Detroit
Red Wings
51-21-10

25 SOG
41 SOG
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game recap

Red Wings 6, Predators 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Red Wings 6, Predators 2
Nashville Predators 2, Detroit Red Wings 6

DETROIT (AP) -Just in case anyone needed a reminder, the Detroit Red Wings showed why they've got the NHL's top power play.

They scored five - count 'em - power play goals Wednesday night in a 6-2 win over the Nashville Predators to snap a two-game losing streak.

"If they get two power-play goals a game against us they usually win," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "They get five, they always win."

Nicklas Lidstrom and Johan Franzen each had two goals and an assist and Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler added a goal and as assist each. Ty Conklin made 23 saves.

"We've got some guys who can make plays and tonight we got some room," said defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who had two assists.

Steve Sullivan scored his first two goals in two years to account for Nashville's offense. Dan Ellis stopped 35 shots.

The Red Wings, who score 28.1 percent of the time on the power play, did their damage with the extra man in only 7:02 time on six power plays.

"They definitely confused us tonight," Nashville defenseman Greg Zanon said.

Lidstrom's first goal gave Detroit a 3-1 lead with 9:59 left in the second period. He scored on a slap shot from the left point.

Sullivan's second goal brought the Predators back to within 3-2 when he backhanded in a rebound.

Franzen restored the Red Wings' two-goal lead, flipping a backhand shot past Ellis from in front of the net after controlling the puck and making a move.

It was his first game back after sitting out five with a bruised hand.

"It's always good to get back. It's painful sitting on the side watching, especially we started to play a lot better lately, over the last 10 games," Franzen said. "It's good to get back, and our power play is playing good."

Lidstrom got his second goal 1:08 into the third period, also on the power play, on a one-timer from the right face-off dot. Franzen got his second of the night - both on the power play - with 4:22 left.

Detroit led 2-1 after the first period.

Hudler opened the scoring with a power-play goal five minutes into the game as he reached the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his career. Hudler beat Ellis with a backhand shot from the slot.

Zetterberg made it 2-0 at 8:26 with another power-play goal when he put in his own rebound for his 21st goal.

Sullivan's power-play goal put Nashville on the board with just 6 seconds left in the opening period. His shot from the point went in off of Pavel Datsyuk's stick and Andreas Lilja's leg.

It was going to take

"I can't recall that (five power-play goals). It's great to see the offense clicking, especially we had the power play going," Lidstrom said. "I thought we had great puck movement out there and a lot of motion, too. It's tough to defend when we can do those things together."

Notes: It was Sullivan's first goal since coming back from a back injury, which had sidelined him since February, 2007. He returned on Jan. 10. ... They last scored five power-play goals on Dec. 9, 2006. ... It was Mike Babcock's 200th win as Detroit's coach. Only Jack Adams, Scotty Bowman, Sid Abel and Tommy Ivan have reached that with the Wings. ... Nashville's J.P. Dumont left the game with a little over five minutes left. Trotz said Dumont got crosschecked in the back and had a stinger but shouldn't miss any games.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:00
DET
PPG - Jiri Hudler (20) ASST: Johan Franzen (13), Niklas Kronwall (33)
1 - 0 DET
08:26
DET
PPG - Henrik Zetterberg (21) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (47), Brian Rafalski (39)
2 - 0 DET
19:53
NSH
PPG - Steve Sullivan (1) ASST: Radek Bonk (13), J-P Dumont (29)
2 - 1 DET
2nd Period
10:01
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom (11) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (34), Daniel Cleary (20)
3 - 1 DET
12:42
NSH
Steve Sullivan (2) ASST: J-P Dumont (30), Jason Arnott (17)
3 - 2 DET
16:02
DET
PPG - Johan Franzen (23) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (30), Nicklas Lidstrom (31)
4 - 2 DET
3rd Period
01:08
DET
PPG - Nicklas Lidstrom (12) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (48), Brian Rafalski (40)
5 - 2 DET
15:38
DET
PPG - Johan Franzen (24) ASST: Valtteri Filppula (24), Jiri Hudler (29)
6 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
03:12
NSH
Ville Koistinen  Holding against  Kris Draper
08:15
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Holding against  Valtteri Filppula
17:58
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom  Interference against  Vernon Fiddler
2nd Period
00:53
DET
Andreas Lilja  Interference against  David Legwand
06:10
DET
Ty Conklin  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
14:34
NSH
Shea Weber  Holding against  Pavel Datsyuk
19:43
NSH
Vernon Fiddler  Slashing against  Valtteri Filppula
3rd Period
07:55
NSH
Greg Zanon  Hi-sticking against  Tomas Kopecky
10:07
DET
Johan Franzen  Slashing against  Dan Hamhuis
10:07
DET
Marian Hossa  Game misconduct
10:07
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Slashing against  Johan Franzen
10:07
NSH
Ryan Suter  Fighting (maj) against  Marian Hossa
10:07
DET
Marian Hossa  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Suter
11:08
DET
Tomas Kopecky  Hooking against  David Legwand
11:31
DET
Kris Draper  Boarding against  Martin Erat
15:28
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Interference against  Nicklas Lidstrom
goalie stats
Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis
11-18-3
SA: 41TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 13
SV%: .854SH: 0 - 0
Ty Conklin
SA: 25TOI: 59:55
Saves: 23EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 2PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .920SH: 0 - 0