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Fabbro breaks tie late in third in Predators win against Red Wings

Scores with 1:00 remaining to help Nashville end three-game losing streak

by Robby Stanley / Independent Correspondent

Fabbro hammers home wrist shot

DET@NSH: Fabbro wrists one from the point for a goal

Dante Fabbro fires a shot through traffic from the point that finds the corner of the net, giving the Predators the lead late in the 3rd period

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NASHVILLE -- Dante Fabbro scored with 1:00 remaining in the third period, and the Nashville Predators defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

Fabbro broke a 2-2 tie on a wrist shot from the point after receiving a pass from Luke Kunin.

"Obviously a great pass by [Kunin]," Fabbro said. "I was able to get in a lane there for him to give it to me, and you've just kind of have to be able to get it by that first guy. I was able to do that. A great screen in front. I wouldn't say it was a hard shot by any means, but just get it there and hopefully something good happens out of it."

Pekka Rinne made 24 saves, and Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg each had two assists for the Predators (6-8-0), who ended a three-game losing streak.

Robby Fabbri and Marc Staal scored, and Thomas Greiss made 20 saves for the Red Wings (3-10-2), who are 1-8-2 in their past 11 games.

"Frustrating," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "Yeah, frustrating for sure at this point. I thought we put ourselves in a position to win another hockey game, and we didn't finish it. That's the step we need to learn to take now. I would say we gave them too many chances in the third period. I didn't like the third period and the chances we gave up. Now, we had them too. It was kind of a wild period at times, but that's not a recipe for winning."

Matt Duchene gave the Predators a 2-1 lead at 19:19 of the second period on a 2-on-1 with Calle Jarnkrok. Staal tied it 2-2 14 seconds later on the rush.

"It's been a grind the last few weeks," Rinne said. "When you lose games, it seems like everything becomes a little bit harder. You start maybe doubting yourself, but we stuck together. It's a huge win. I think there was a lot of positive things."

Video: DET@NSH: Duchene buries a pass from Jarnkrok

Ryan Ellis gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 14:58 of the first period on a one-timer on the power play off a cross-ice pass from Forsberg.

"I think we're working harder," Ellis said. "At times, not just this unit but every unit throughout the League, can get very one-and-done. One shot and they ice it, and then we've got to break out again.

"I think we're working harder to retrieve pucks, and then we have special players that need to make special plays, and [Forsberg] did that tonight. It was an unbelievable pass after we worked and worked and worked and eventually got a chance. It's been a work in progress but I feel like it's coming."

Video: DET@NSH: Ellis hammers one home on the power play

Fabbri tied it 1-1 at 19:25 on a wrist shot from the left circle off a pass from Anthony Mantha.

"I thought we moved the puck really well," Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin said. "We moved our feet. I think [Mantha] was really good tonight. Good for him, he was moving his feet and making a lot of plays. I thought we moved the puck and got out of our zone pretty well. We got great goaltending from [Greiss] again. We were in the game. We were right there."

NOTES: Red Wings forward Darren Helm left after the first period because of a lower-body injury. There was no update. … Fabbri has two goals in his past three games. … The Predators placed defenseman Mattias Ekholm on injured reserve Thursday because of a lower-body injury. Predators coach John Hynes said Ekholm is week to week. … It was the 100th regular-season game between the Red Wings and Predators. Detroit is 60-28-8 with four ties. … Nashville had lost six straight to Detroit at home dating to Dec. 30, 2013. … The second of the two-game set will be played here Saturday.

Video: Predators hold off Red Wings, earn 3-2 victory

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