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Nyquist helps Red Wings get by Weber, Predators

by Paul Harris

DETROIT -- Gustav Nyquist's breakaway goal 1:41 into overtime gave the Detroit Red Wings a 5-4 come-from-behind win against the Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday.

Detroit trailed 4-2 in the third period after Nashville defenseman Shea Weber scored three power-play goals for his first NHL hat trick.

Nyquist broke in off right wing after taking a pass from Niklas Kronwall and beat Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne with a wrist shot over his blocker.

"Just a great pass by [Kronwall]," Nyquist said. "That thing landed right on my stick flat."

Rinne said, "Just a breakaway shot and he put it in. It's a fast situation and you try to read and react. He beat me, game over."

Tomas Tatar and Dylan Larkin had a goal and an assist each, and Brad Richards and Justin Abdelkader scored for Detroit (15-8-4), which has a point in its past 10 games (7-0-3). Petr Mrazek made 28 saves.

"I thought it was great character by our guys. I thought we did a good job of staying patient and just staying with it," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I thought we just kept coming and coming and coming really the second half of the game."

Viktor Arvidsson scored for Nashville (13-8-5). Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi each had two assists, and Rinne made 31 saves.

"We knew they were going to play with the puck; they did a lot better in the third period than they did in the first two periods," Weber said.

Abdelkader's power-play goal tied it 4-4 with 2:23 left in the third period. Nyquist's shot from the left circle deflected off Abdelkader's arm for his ninth goal. It came 16 seconds after Ryan Ellis took a boarding penalty against Darren Helm.

Weber completed his hat trick 8:03 into the third period on a slap shot from the left point to make it 4-2. It was his ninth goal of the season, and the hat trick came in his 711th NHL game.

Larkin made it 4-3 1:16 later when he scored from the left circle after carrying the puck from the right-wing boards across the high slot. It was Larkin's 11th goal.

"Their speed cranked up a lot," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "They were fast through the neutral zone and put a lot of pucks behind us and caused some penalties."

Nashville scored three goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead.

Weber's first goal tied the game 1-1 at 1:03. He beat Mrazek with a slap shot from the top of the left circle. Arvidsson made it 2-1 1:50 later when he tipped Ryan Ellis' shot out of the air for his second goal.

Weber's second goal of the game made it 3-1 with 4:32 left. His shot from the point bounced off the glass behind the net and deflected in off Mrazek.

Play continued for 37 seconds after the puck crossed the goal line and was batted out by Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser before the horn sounded to signify that officials in the NHL Situation Room in Toronto had called the play a goal.

Tatar made it 3-2 with a power-play goal with 2:56 left in the period. He tipped in Mike Green's slap pass.

Richards scored his first goal with the Red Wings with 39 seconds left in the first period. The rebound of his shot from the high slot bounced in off Weber's skate five seconds after Predators defenseman Seth Jones finished serving a slashing penalty.

Richards signed a one-year free agent contract with Detroit on July 1; he had not scored since March 29, 2015 with the Chicago Blackhawks.

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