Detroit at Nashville

Red Wings win streak continues with victory vs. Predators


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Concentrating on protecting a one-goal lead in the third period, Detroit goalie Chris Osgood couldn't help but notice how Valtterri Filppula was still zipping around the ice.

Tomas Kopecky and Filppula scored first-period goals and the Red Wings won their seventh straight, 2-1 over the Nashville Predators.

"He was still flying around in the third period," Osgood said. "He has a ton of energy. He is a big, strong kid. As we go along he gets better and better. He is getting more minutes and he is doing really well with them."

Filppula was awarded a penalty shot after he was tripped by Jerred Smithson while he skated toward the net at 15:06 in the first. Predators goalie Dan Ellis went low to block the shot, and Filppula shot it over the goalie for a 2-0 lead.

"I'm glad that was called," Filppula said. "I could not get a shot off after that. I think that is the biggest reason the penalty shot was called.

"He just hit my legs. I think it was a pretty clear tripping call."

Kopecky opened the scoring 7:10 into the game, firing a one-timer from inside the right circle that found the net between Ellis and the left post.

"I actually thought we were really ready to play," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "All in all, when you go through our lineup we had a lot of strong contributions against a good team. It was a good win for us."

The Predators cut the Detroit lead to 2-1 with 24 seconds left in the second period. After failing to score on three power-play attempts in the period, the Predators got a short-handed goal. David Legwand was skating in on a breakaway and lost the puck. Martin Gelinas, following behind, shot the loose puck between the leg pads of goalie Osgood.

"We had a little bit of a rough start and it made it tough to come back," said Gelinas. "They play the puck well and don't give you too much. We got the short-handed goal, and we got a lot of chances, but we couldn't buy another goal."

The Predators outshot the Red Wings in the third period 13-10.

"We ran out of gas a little bit in the third," Osgood said. "We didn't possess the puck as much as we usually do and that was forcing us to be in our end a lot."

Detroit outshot Nashville 35-31. Both teams were unable to score on the power play. The Red Wings were 0-for-6 and the Predators were 0-for-7.

"The No. 1 thing for us was our penalty kill was great," Osgood said. "We got in a lot of shooting lanes and pushed them to the outside. Nashville tried a few cross-ice passes and we were there to deflect them away or get a stick on them. We did a good job with our sticks in blocking shots."


  • All three of the Predators' short-handed goals this season have been scored in the last five games.
  • Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk had an assist, giving him points in 12 of his last 13 games (10 goals, 10 assists).
  • All three games between Nashville and Detroit this season have been decided by one goal.
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Shea Weber flips Valtteri Filppula, but it's the Preds who end up on the wrong side of the score. (AP)
Shea Weber flips Valtteri Filppula, but it's the Preds who end up on the wrong side of the score. (AP)
Detroit  (22-6-2) «2002
Nashville (14-12-2)0101
Three Stars
V. Filppula

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
C. Osgood

Saves: 30
Save Pct.: .968
D. Ellis

Saves: 33
Save Pct.: .943

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Scoring Summary
07:10Tomas Kopecky (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Pavel Datsyuk, Andreas Lilja
15:06Valtteri Filppula (6), Penalty Shot, Unassisted.
19:36Short - Martin Gelinas (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: David Legwand
Penalty Summary
07:10Downey, 2 min, Interference
08:39Erat, 2 min, Elbowing
10:13Legwand, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
17:16Kopecky, 2 min, Holding
19:43Zidlicky, 2 min, High-Sticking
07:06Lilja, 2 min, Hooking
09:48Holmstrom, 2 min, Interference
12:32Zetterberg, 2 min, Hooking
13:28Zidlicky, 2 min, Holding
18:33Hamhuis, 4 min, High-Sticking
06:03Franzen, 2 min, Holding
16:58Rafalski, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
Shots On Goal
Chris Osgood60:00301
Dan Ellis58:24332
Game Information
Attendance - 15056
Referees - Mike Leggo, Kerry Fraser
Linesmen - David Brisebois, Jean Morin
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