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Radulov's two goals help Predators defeat Red Wings

Feb 13, 2008 - 5:28 AM
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Alexander Radulov and the Nashville Predators helped make the mighty Detroit Red Wings continue to look ordinary.

Radulov scored twice as the Predators sent the Red Wings to their fourth straight loss with a 4-2 victory on Tuesday.

Martin Erat and J.P. Dumont each had a goal and an assist and captain Jason Arnott set up a pair of tallies for Nashville, which has won two straight and three of its last five games.

Despite owning the best record in the NHL, Detroit (41-13-5) is in the midst of its longest losing streak since March 17-24 of last season.

"I think we're a little bit sloppy in our own end, and that's where we've been hurting ourselves," Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. "Whether it's not playing our position the right way, drifting away or looking at the puck too much, we have to get better playing in our own end."

Radulov struck less than 2 1/2 minutes into the game for Nashville.

From the right faceoff circle, Arnott sent the puck toward the net. Radulov grabbed it and quickly beat All-Star goaltender Chris Osgood to the stick side with a wrist shot at 2:25 for his team-leading 22nd goal of the season.

"We just tried to get the puck to the net," Radulov said. "Playing with J.P. and Arnie (Arnott), all I have to do is go to the net and 90 percent of the time, they get the puck right to me."

Just 77 seconds later, the Predators struck again.

After receiving a pass from Rich Peverley in the slot, Erat beat Osgood with a wrister high to the stick side at 3:42 to double the lead.

"It was pretty much a 2-on-0 with Rich and I, so it was a fairly easy goal," Erat said. "It's great, we are scoring goals now and we got the two points."

Dumont made it 3-0 when he easily tapped the puck past Osgood at 8:49. It was Dumont's 21st goal of the season.

"We used our speed to put pressure on them and create turnovers," Dumont said. "It was a big first period for us."

That spelled the end of the night for Osgood, who made just one save and was replaced by rookie Jimmy Howard.

"We hung Osgood out to dry," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "It's not like we can go back and say they shot it through him. We made mistakes that were basically tap-ins."

After the Red Wings drew within 3-1 with a power-play goal by Johan Franzen at 4:39 of the second period, Radulov restored the Predators' three-goal cushion with just over five minutes left in the middle session.

With the Red Wings making an ill-timed line change, Erat sent Radulov in on a partial breakaway. The Russian drove to the net, made a quick move to his backhand and slid the puck between Howard's pads with 5:34 left, capping his third multi-goal game of the season.

"Marty made a good play to me, and I am happy that it went in," Radulov said.

Chris Mason allowed a power-play tally by Pavel Datsyuk with 2:19 left in the second but made 12 saves in the third period and finished with 40 overall.

"It seems like no lead is safe with Detroit," Mason said. "They shoot everything and they go to the net. Half the shots you don't see because they have guys standing in front of you."

"We jumped on them early, but then we kind of sat back a little," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "We took too many penalties and they scored two power-play goals. The fourth goal really ended up being a huge goal for us because they really had a lot of momentum."

Howard, who was recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Monday to allow Dominik Hasek time to rest a sore hip flexor, stopped 18 shots.

"You never know when you are going to get in," Howard said. "That is one thing I have learned over my short career - you come to the rink prepared and ready to go."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    DETROIT 0 2 0 2
    NASHVILLE 3 1 0 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NAS - ALEXANDER RADULOV 22 (JASON ARNOTT, JEAN-PIERRE
    DUMONT) 2:25
    NAS - MARTIN ERAT 17 (RICH PEVERLEY, DAN HAMHUIS) 3:42
    NAS - JEAN-PIERRE DUMONT 21 (JASON ARNOTT, MAREK ZIDLICKY)
    8:49
    2ND PRD: DET - (PP) JOHAN FRA

    Feb 12 10:29 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 0 2 2
    NASHVILLE 3 1 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NAS - ALEXANDER RADULOV 22 (JASON ARNOTT, JEAN-PIERRE
    DUMONT) 2:25
    NAS - MARTIN ERAT 17 (RICH PEVERLEY, DAN HAMHUIS) 3:42
    NAS - JEAN-PIERRE DUMONT 21 (JASON ARNOTT, MAREK ZIDLICKY)
    8:49
    2ND PRD: DET - (

    Feb 12 9:38 PM


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    DETROIT 2
    NASHVILLE 4
    2ND PRD: DET - (PP) PAVEL DATSYUK 20 (NICKLAS LIDSTROM) 17:41 (TWO-MAN
    ADVANTAGE)

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  • NHL
    DETROIT 1
    NASHVILLE 4
    2ND PRD: NAS - ALEXANDER RADULOV 23 (MARTIN ERAT, RYAN SUTER) 14:26

    Red Wings vs. PredatorsFeb 12 9:29 PM


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    DETROIT 1
    NASHVILLE 3
    2ND PRD: DET - (PP) JOHAN FRANZEN 12 (VALTTERI FILPPULA, BRETT LEBDA)
    4:39

    Red Wings vs. PredatorsFeb 12 9:11 PM
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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 0 0
    NASHVILLE 3 3 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NAS - ALEXANDER RADULOV 22 (JASON ARNOTT, JEAN-PIERRE
    DUMONT) 2:25
    NAS - MARTIN ERAT 17 (RICH PEVERLEY, DAN HAMHUIS) 3:42
    NAS - JEAN-PIERRE DUMONT 21 (JASON ARNOTT, MAREK ZIDLICKY)
    8:49
    SHOTS ON GOAL:

    Feb 12 8:46 PM


  • NHL
    DETROIT 0
    NASHVILLE 3
    1ST PRD: NAS - JEAN-PIERRE DUMONT 21 (JASON ARNOTT, MAREK ZIDLICKY)
    8:49

    Red Wings vs. PredatorsFeb 12 8:25 PM


  • NHL
    DETROIT 0
    NASHVILLE 2
    1ST PRD: NAS - MARTIN ERAT 17 (RICH PEVERLEY, DAN HAMHUIS) 3:42

    Red Wings vs. PredatorsFeb 12 8:15 PM


  • NHL
    DETROIT 0
    NASHVILLE 1
    1ST PRD: NAS - ALEXANDER RADULOV 22 (JASON ARNOTT, JEAN-PIERRE DUMONT)
    2:25

    Red Wings vs. PredatorsFeb 12 8:14 PM
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