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Howard makes 32 saves, Red Wings top Predators

Athanasiou breaks tie in third period for Detroit, which had lost three in row

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

Howard robs Forsberg twice

DET@NSH: Howard makes stellar back-to-back saves

Jimmy Howard stops Filip Forsberg's shot from the doorstep and then quickly dives to rob his second-chance opportunity with his glove

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NASHVILLE -- Jimmy Howard made 32 saves, and Luke Glendening had a goal and an assist for the Detroit Red Wings in a 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

Andreas Athanasiou and Dylan Larkin scored, and Nick Jensen had two assists for the Red Wings (22-28-7), who ended a three-game losing streak.

"Tonight was a lot better compared to the last couple games," Howard said. "It was definitely more of a complete game. Even though they got one on our penalty kill, our penalty kill was huge for us (5-for-6) and we got one on the power play as well."

 

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Viktor Arvidsson and P.K. Subban scored, and Pekka Rinne made 24 saves for the Predators (33-21-5), who have lost three in a row (0-2-1).

"I think sometimes (we) get a little too individual and we're on our own page," Subban said. "We have to be on the same page in how we play the game. This League is too good, teams are too good. It doesn't matter if they're in the [Stanley Cup Playoffs] or not, everybody is playing for something. I know that we'll work through it and we'll get there."

Video: DET@NSH: Athanasiou lifts backhander in off Rinne

Athanasiou gave Detroit a 3-2 lead at 4:08 of the third period. After Glendening redirected Jensen's initial shot, Athanasiou got the rebound and scored short side with a backhand off Rinne's left arm.

"I saw the rebound kind of just kick out," Athanasiou said. "It was on my backhand so I just tried to get it on net. It kind of ended up being a backhand clapper. I don't do it too often, but I'm happy it worked out."

Glendening scored to make it 1-0 at 15:05 of the first period on a redirection off Jensen's shot from the point.

"We just competed," Glendening said. "Things didn't go our way. They had some momentum building and the momentum was swinging against us for a while, but we stayed composed. To get two points here is big."

Larkin extended the lead to 2-0 at 7:13 of the second period on the power play, scoring off a cross-crease pass from Thomas Vanek.

Video: DET@NSH: Larkin pots PPG from the side of the net

"I think we battled hard in the last two games for the whole 60 minutes," Vanek said. "I think, obviously, we took too many penalties. [Howard] was great. Overall, I think we deserved to win."

Arvidsson scored 36 seconds later to cut it to 2-1 on a slap shot from the right face-off circle, and Subban tied it 2-2 at 17:32 on the power play. He received a pass from Ryan Johansen and scored on a shot through traffic.

Video: DET@NSH: Arvidsson rings slapper off the post and in

 

They said it

"He's a winner. I don't know what the stat is for him, but I know what he equals is winning. He wins his shift over and over and over again. That's what he does. He goes out and he can play against anybody in the League. He's great on the kill, great defensively, does tons of good stuff. He's a net-presence guy, which is how he scored. We talked a lot about getting back to scoring dirty, and we felt like we weren't getting enough net presence like we had for a long stretch. He goes right to the net and that's how he scores." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on Luke Glendening

 

"I was kind of cheating. I thought that he might try to make a play in front of the net and that's on me. I left the short side open and he was able to put it in. Obviously, it stings a bit. I mean, that's a winning goal in a game and it's not a great one, so for sure that's on me. Like I said, it's disappointing. I felt like we got a good effort from the guys and played a pretty good game, so pretty disappointing to end a game like that on a personal note, too." -- Predators goalie Pekka Rinne on Andreas Athanasiou's goal

 

Need to know

Detroit is 9-1-0 in its past 10 games against Nashville. … Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley had one shot in 19:26 of ice time in his return after missing 16 games because of a foot injury.

 

What's next

Red Wings: Host the Ottawa Senators on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV)

Predators: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV)

Video: Three different Red Wings score in 3-2 road win

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