NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Martin Erat scored two goals and the Nashville Predators beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Monday night for their sixth straight victory.
The streaking Predators finished off a five-game homestand in style and have won 10 of 12 overall.
Jason Arnott also scored a power-play goal for Nashville. Pekka Rinne, who has been in net for each game during this run, stopped 30 shots for the win.
Drew Miller scored for Detroit, which has lost three of four.
The Red Wings came in on a roll themselves, going 7-2-1 in their previous 10 games. They have dominated the series between these Central Division rivals, but Nashville won last season 4-2-0.
This also was the Red Wings' first game since defenseman Nicklas Kronwall hurt his left knee, an injury that will keep him out at least a month. That might have been one reason why Nashville kept the puck in the Detroit zone early while outshooting the Red Wings 21-15 through the first two periods.
In a game pitting the NHL's two least penalized teams, the Predators scored with the man advantage in each of the first two periods and went 2 of 4 on the power play.
Arnott spun around in front of the goal and tried a backhander, then wristed the rebound past Chris Osgood at 10:24 of the first. Arnott has scored in three straight games, totaling four goals.
Erat made it 2-0 at 1:41 of the second when Joel Ward found him at the back of the left circle, and Erat's slap shot beat Osgood for another power-play goal.
Miller got Detroit on the board at 6:38 of the second as he skated along the line through traffic and scored his first goal of the season on a wrister.
Erat padded the lead with his fourth goal on a wrister at 17:40 to help seal the victory.
NOTES: Nashville had just seven power-play goals through the first 17 games. But the Predators had eight power-play goals in the five-game homestand that ended Monday night. They improved to 11-0-0 when scoring with the man advantage. ... Nashville also is 9-1-0 when scoring first. ... Nashville's Steve Sullivan has six points in five games. ... Nashville's David Legwand, who had an assist, has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last six games.
Barry Trotz Quotes
On tonight’s win…
For two periods we were pretty good. They had more shots in the third period than they did in the first two periods. In the third period they were skating and we weren’t. They were a little more desperate – a little more urgent – and we ended up spending a lot of time in our zone. They made a couple of adjustments in terms of their regroups, and they’re so strong on their regroups. We didn’t adjust very well, but we’ll be ready for it next time.
The first two periods were fine, but the third period I wish we could have back. I said to the team that I thought it was one of our weaker periods. I don’t want to take anything away from Detroit – they came at us really hard – but we can be a lot better, we can manage the puck a lot better, we can be a little bit firmer on our decisions, a little bit firmer in all three zones. We had a mindset where we were going to play not to lose, instead of playing to win – you get on your heels that way, and that’s a tough way to play. But we got it done and that was a big two points.
On Pekka Rinne’s play tonight…
He was good and he got a little bit lucky at the end with about 40 seconds left when they hit the post.
On Nashville’s recent power-play success…
I give a lot of credit to Peter Horachek, who’s in charge of the power play. He’s spent a lot of time with the guys, showing them stuff, and talking through it. They’re committed to making it work. The extra effort and the extra time that they’ve put into it is paying off. We have some high options, we’ve got some low options, and we’ve got some things that are in between. The power play has been really effective for us. It’s been huge on this homestand.
On Martin Erat’s recent play…
There are two things in Martin Erat’s game that he’s been doing the last couple of games. A, he’s been skating like Martin Erat, and B, he’s starting to shoot. Good things happen when you shoot. He’s not worried about where he is in the lineup, he’s just playing hockey. Sometimes the best thing to do is to just play ice hockey. Don’t try to over think it.
Forward Martin Erat
On getting more scoring opportunities in tonight’s game…
I had a lot of great chances to shoot the puck tonight and Tootoo and Goc played a great game with me. I was lucky enough to get two.
On having more success with the power-play…
I think it’s all about confidence and we are shooting the puck more. We are starting to get the more important things right.
On Detroit putting on the pressure during the third period…
They did change a couple of things and put a lot of pressure on our defense. We just didn’t get the puck out of our zone and they played great in the last 20 minutes.
Goaltender Pekka Rinne
On the overall play of the game…
We just stood back and played on our heels. They played like we knew they would with their Detroit-style game but overall it was a really good game.
On Detroit’s defense consistently crashing the net during the game…
They always have traffic in front of me. Even when we get the puck, they always have one guy back waiting for a turnover and it does make it challenging. They did an excellent job.
On what Nashville is doing to keep the winning streak alive…
I think the turning point was the long road trip. We came together and played some good teams, so when we came home and won against some good teams, it just gave us the confidence to keep growing and growing. Hopefully we can keep it going.
Defenseman Shea Weber
On the overall play of the game against Detroit…
I think that we played well. We were better during the first and second periods at controlling the puck and I think we sat back a little during the third.
On Pekka’s goaltending…
He did great. We needed him to play that way. They got some chances in the third where they definitely could have scored, but he stood up for us and got us a win.