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Red Wings 3, Predators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Red Wings 3, Predators 1
Detroit Red Wings 3, Nashville Predators 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings have left little doubt that they're the team to beat in the Central Division.

Sparked by two power-play goals by Nicklas Lidstrom, the Red Wings rallied to beat the Nashville Predators 3-1 Friday night in front of a fired-up crowd that included music superstar Kid Rock.

"We know the battle in our division is with Nashville," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We attacked the net well. I thought this was a good road win for us."

The Red Wings may be the team to beat in the Western Conference, but they aren't taking the Predators lightly. Detroit won the first of eight games between the teams this season and stretched its divisional lead over the Predators to six points.

"I don't know if it's about setting a tone as much as it is about putting yourself in a pretty good position," Detroit's Kris Draper said. "Every time we look at the standings we look to see what Nashville did because it is going to go down to the wire with them."

The Predators were called for eight penalties, seven that produced Detroit power plays.

"You have to stay out of the box," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We did what we said we were not going to do and that was put them on the power play seven times. That's where it starts. We can match up in goal.

"On defense we don't quite have the experience of Detroit, but we do have a pretty good puck-moving defense. We just can't give them those power-play opportunities."

It marked the first time this season that the Predators lost in regulation to a Central Division team. The Red Wings are 13-1 against divisional foes.

"Detroit is a good, solid team that does not give up much," Predators captain Greg Johnson said. "We are close, but they have proven on the ice on a consistent basis that they are the best team. We just have to get better."

The Red Wings tied it 1-1 in the second period with a power-play goal. At 17:16, Lidstrom skated just inside the middle of the blue line and fired a one-timer past Tomas Vokoun on his stick side.

Detroit took a 2-1 lead 2 minutes into the third when Jason Williams scored from close range. Lidstrom scored his second of the game with 6:53 left, a power-play goal that was originally credited to Brendan Shanahan.

Vernon Fiddler gave Nashville a 1-0 lead with his third goal in two games. During a power play, Fiddler tapped in the rebound of Kimmo Timonen's shot to beat Manny Legace on his stick side at 13:55 of the first period.

It was the first power-play goal allowed by the Red Wings in six games. They had killed off 22 straight penalties before Fiddler's goal.

"I thought it was a pretty good game overall," he said. "We obviously took some penalties, and that cost us the game. I thought we outskated them and took it to them. But they found a way to win and we didn't."

Notes: Nashville D Shea Weber made his NHL debut. ... The Red Wings are 15-2 when a defenseman scores. ... Detroit LW Henrik Zetterberg was held off the score sheet. It was just the third road game this season that he didn't record a point.

scoring summary
1st Period
13:55
NSH
PPG - Vernon Fiddler (8) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (25), Paul Kariya (24)
1 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
17:16
DET
PPG - Nicklas Lidstrom (8) ASST: Robert Lang (22)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
02:00
DET
Jason Williams (11) ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (12)
2 - 1 DET
13:07
DET
PPG - Nicklas Lidstrom (9) ASST: Steve Yzerman (6), Robert Lang (23)
3 - 1 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
02:17
NSH
Scottie Upshall  Elbowing
05:04
DET
Chris Chelios  Interference against  Jordin Tootoo
05:04
NSH
Darcy Hordichuk  Interference on goalkeeper against  Manny Legace
10:48
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Interference against  Daniel Cleary
13:30
DET
Andreas Lilja  Interference against  Yanic Perreault
14:42
NSH
Steve Sullivan  Hooking against  Pavel Datsyuk
2nd Period
01:24
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom  Hooking
04:21
DET
Robert Lang  Hooking against  Jordin Tootoo
09:30
NSH
Kimmo Timonen  Hooking against  Pavel Datsyuk
16:50
NSH
Shea Weber  Tripping against  Mathieu Schneider
18:26
NSH
Paul Kariya  Hooking against  Henrik Zetterberg
3rd Period
10:29
DET
Mathieu Schneider  Cross checking against  Scottie Upshall
11:28
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Interference
goalie stats
Manny Legace
Manny Legace
SA: 30TOI: 59:40
Saves: 29EV: 25 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .967SH: 0 - 0
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 36TOI: 59:11
Saves: 33EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0

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