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Weber's late scores send Preds past Red Wings

Dec 16, 2011 - 5:40 AM
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Shea Weber scored the tying and go-ahead goals late in the third period, lifting the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

Jordin Tootoo added a goal and an assist and David Legwand also scored for the Predators, who extended their season-long win streak to four games thanks to Weber's blue-line wrister with 1:36 remaining.

Pekka Rinne stopped 37 shots in the victory.

"In big moments you need your top players to step up and Shea stepped up in a huge way today," said Predators coach Barry Trotz.

Tomas Holmstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Lindstrom each had a goal, while Jimmy Howard made 17 saves for the Red Wings, who saw their three-game win streak come to an end.

The Predators, who have scored at least one power-play goal in seven straight games, capitalized with the man advantage late in the third to pull even.

With 4:24 remaining, Weber ripped a slap shot from the left circle. Screened by Patric Hornqvist, Howard allowed the puck to enter his net on the glove side, making it a 3-3 game.

The winner came minutes later, when Weber's wrister short-hopped the goaltender and bounced into the net over his left shoulder.

"It was kind of a lucky bounce for them," Lindstrom said of the game-winner. "But they were going to the net and creating the traffic there."

Early on, back-and-forth action fittingly led to a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes of play.

Holmstrom gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with a power-play tally at the 5:15 mark, burying a backhand off an Ian White deflection.

Legwand made it a 1-1 game with a wrister midway through the period, but the Red Wings grabbed a 3-1 lead in the second with a pair of quick goals.

Zetterberg struck first, beating Rinne with a wrister for a power-play goal at the 10:03 mark. Just 1:27 later, Lidstrom buried a slap shot for the two-goal advantage.

With 2:38 left in the second, Tootoo buried a wide-open wrister off a feed from Kevin Klein to make it 3-2 and set up the third-period comeback.

"That was a huge lift," Predators forward Nick Spaling said of the goal. "Things really picked off on the bench after that."

Game Notes

This was the second meeting of the season between the teams. Detroit won the initial matchup, 4-1, on November 26...On Thursday, the Nashville Predators/Bridgestone Arena and Bridgestone Americas Inc. announced a five- year extension on the naming rights for Bridgestone Arena. Bridgestone Americas will have the Bridgestone brand name on Nashville's downtown venue through 2019.