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Detroit at Nashville

Wilson has 2 goals, assist in Predators' win over Wings

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators withstood every comeback try the Detroit Red Wings threw at them and skated off with a win.

Colin Wilson had two goals and an assist, and Mike Fisher scored a goal and helped set up two others in the Predators' 6-4 victory over the Red Wings on Monday night.

Fisher has three goals and three assists in Nashville's past two games. Craig Smith, Nick Spaling, and Roman Josi also scored.

"There was emotion. There were lots of goals, sways in momentum, all the things that you have in sports," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "From that standpoint, I thought it was real good."

Justin Abdelkader, Pavel Datsyuk, Drew Miller, and Patrick Eaves scored for the Red Wings, who have lost two of three.

The teams combined for six goals -- three each -- in a back-and-forth third period, but Nashville never relinquished the lead.

"We found a way to shut it down and get that next one when we needed it," Fisher said. "That's the sign of a good team, playing against a good team like that, we can win one in the third there."

Wilson put the Predators ahead 1:54 into the game with a wrist shot from the high slot that beat goalie Jimmy Howard on the glove side. It was the first shot on Howard, who had been out with a knee injury since Dec. 10.

"It wasn't very pretty, and it was a battle all night," Howard said. "To be honest with you, I felt like I was behind the play a lot and just didn't get comfortable in their end. When I thought I was on the angles, I was off the angles."

Detroit tied it at 3:00 of the first period when Abdelkader carried the puck from below the Nashville goal line to the left of the net and lifted a backhander high to the stick side of goalie Marek Mazanec.

Nashville regained the lead when Smith scored his team-leading 11th goal at 9:50 of the first.

Skating down the left side on a 3-on-2 rush, Smith pulled up near the left faceoff dot and beat Howard on the short side.

Spaling made it 3-1 at 4:24 of the second, but Datsyuk got the Red Wings back within a goal just 35 seconds into the third period with a one-timed shot from the right circle.

Fisher stretched Nashville's lead back to two goals at 5:50.

Wilson carried the puck behind the Detroit net, emerged on the right side, and found Fisher on the left side for a shot into an open net that gave him his 10th goal of the season.

Fisher set himself up for a Gordie Howe hat trick when he fought Abdelkader late in the second period.

Miller made it 4-3 at 11:30, but Wilson's second of the game was scored 37 seconds later off a nice feed from defenseman Seth Jones, who had two assists for the second consecutive game.

"It was a good play by (Jones), and I just had to get it up over," Wilson said. "We are definitely more confident out there, and did well defensively."

Eaves netted his first goal of the season at 14:52 during a power play to again bring the Red Wings within a goal, 5-4.

Josi's empty-net, power-play goal concluded the scoring.

Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall each had a pair of assists for Detroit.

"There were times when we were doing a lot of good things and we're sticking to the game plan, but for some reason we're losing guys up ice and we're not executing in our own zone," Kronwall said. "I thought we made it a little too easy for them at times. They got their chances a little bit too easily."

Notes

Nashville is 15-1-2 when it has scored first this season. ... Wilson has points in three consecutive games. ... Datsyuk has 69 points in 63 career games against Nashville.

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Scoreboard
Detroit (17-14-9)1034
Nashville  (17-18-4) «2136
Three Stars
C. Wilson
NSH


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
M. Fisher
NSH


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
S. Jones
NSH


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:54 - Colin Wilson (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jones, Fisher
03:00 - Justin Abdelkader (4), Backhand Shot. Assist: Miller
09:50 - Craig Smith (11), Snap Shot. Assist: Gaustad
2ND PERIOD
04:24 - Nick Spaling (7), Snap Shot. Assist: Smith
3RD PERIOD
35.0 - Pavel Datsyuk (15), Slap Shot. Assist: Kronwall
05:50 - Mike Fisher (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Wilson, Hornqvist
11:30 - Kyle Quincey (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Helm, Zetterberg
12:07 - Colin Wilson (7), Backhand Shot. Assist: Jones, Fisher
14:52Power Play - Patrick Eaves (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Zetterberg, Kronwall
19:41Power Play - Roman Josi (3), Empty Net. Assist: Cullen
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
12:20Miller, 4 min, High sticking
2ND PERIOD
04:52Quincey, 2 min, Tripping
11:48Cullen, 2 min, Tripping
17:39Abdelkader, 5 min, Fighting
17:39Fisher, 5 min, Fighting
3RD PERIOD
12:29Nyquist, 2 min, Tripping
14:25Fisher, 2 min, Hooking
17:54Bertuzzi, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
DET511925
NSH911929
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Jimmy Howard59:22235
Marek Mazanec60:00214
Game Information
Attendance - 17212
Referees - Tim Peel, Chris Rooney
Linesmen - Brian Murphy, Tim Nowak
 
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Wash 1 Final
Ott 3
LA 0 Final
Chi 1
Phi 4 Final
Van 3