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NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Detroit



(Wednesday, February 18th)

Final Score: Detroit 6, Nashville 2

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Johan Franzen returned to the lineup from a five-game absence with an upper-body injury to post two goals and an assist, as the Detroit Red Wings scored five power-play goals en route to a 6-2 thrashing of the Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena.

Nicklas Lidstrom also scored twice and picked up a helper for the Red Wings, who snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the seventh time in their last nine outings. Jiri Hudler and Henrik Zetterberg each registered a goal and an assist, while Ty Conklin made 23 saves to notch his 20th win of the season.

"I thought we had good puck movement (on the power play)," Lidstrom said. "When the players are moving at the same time it's tougher for them to defend. The pucks were going in for us, too."

Steve Sullivan had both goals for the Predators, who have dropped four of their last six games. Dan Ellis was victimized for six goals on 41 shots in defeat.

"They're a good hockey club," Sullivan said of Detroit. "We have to go out and work hard. We can't put them on the power play."

Boasting the league's top power play unit, Detroit tallied twice with the man advantage in the first period.

Niklas Kronwall's drive from the point struck Franzen, who was parked in front of the net. Hudler gathered the loose disc in the low slot and slipped a backhander past Ellis five minutes into the contest.

Zetterberg turned on the red light at the 8:26 mark of the first period, then Sullivan scored on the power play with seven seconds remaining in the opening frame. It marked the first goal for Sullivan since February 22, 2007 after the left winger was sidelined nearly two years with a back injury.

Lidstrom's rocket from the left point re-established a two-goal bulge for the home team midway through the middle stanza, but Sullivan pounced on a rebound of a J.P. Dumont shot with 7:18 left in the second period.

Franzen's power-play marker made it a 4-2 game with 3:58 to play before the second intermission.

Lidstrom and Franzen each scored a power-play goal in the third period.

Game Notes

Detroit finished 5-for-6 with the man advantage...Mike Babcock earned his 200th win as head coach of the Red Wings...Pavel Datsyuk, Brian Rafalski and Kronwall each had two assists for Detroit, which has won two of the three meetings this season with the Preds...Radek Bonk recorded the 300th assist of his career on Sullivan's first-period tally.

02/19 00:01:16 ET


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