DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The Detroit Red Wings make it five in a row beating the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Saturday.
As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – Valtteri Filppula scored twice and had an assist on Henrik Zetterberg’s goal as Detroit won its league-best ninth game at home. Dan Cleary added his fourth goal of the season early in the third period.
Jack Hillen ended Jimmy Howard’s bid for his fourth shutout of the season when he scored midway through the third period. Howard ended the night with 18 saves.
Pekka Rinne had 33 saves for the Predators, who lost their fourth straight.
Filppula opened the scoring late in the first period with a power-play goal. Todd Bertuzzi’s shot zipped along the goal line to his teammate, who backhanded it past Rinne.
Detroit made it 2-0 less than two minutes into the second period when Zetterberg shot into the top of the net past a prone Rinne. It was a three-goal game seven minutes later when Filppula redirected Jiri Hudler’s shot.
Hudler initially was given credit for the goal but the scorer awarded it to Filppula after reviewing a replay, which showed the puck bouncing off the stick of Nashville’s Craig Smith before Filppula tipped it past Rinne.
Howard won his fifth straight and got a hand from defenseman Brad Stuart, who swatted away a shot that got behind the goalie late in the first period.
The Wings come off of a big win against the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins on Friday winning in a shootout in Beantown.
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