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Tatar, Red Wings snap Predators' win streak

Jan 18, 2015 - 4:51 AM Detroit, MI ( - Tomas Tatar tallied two goals and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings cooled off the hot Nashville Predators in a 5-2 victory on Saturday.

Gustav Nyquist tallied a goal and an assist, Henrik Zetterberg and Kyle Quincey each scored and Pavel Datsyuk, Riley Sheahan and Niklas Kronwall each had two assists.

Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek turned aside 34-of-36 shots in the Red Wings' third straight win.

"I thought the guys got off to a good start," Detroit head coach Mike Babcock said. "Then (Mrazek) was big and square."

Mike Fisher and Mattias Ekholm each lit the lamp as Nashville had its five- game winning streak come to an end. The Predators also entered the contest with at least a point in each of their previous 10 games (8-0-2).

Marek Mazanec made 18 saves in relief of Carter Hutton, who allowed three goals on just four shots.

The Red Wings got on the board quickly as Nyquist finished off a 2-on-1 with Sheahan for an early lead 57 seconds into the game.

Quincey's shot from the left point deflected off a couple defenders, skipped off the ice and bounced into the net at 11:22, and Tatar's snap shot from the left circle went past a screened Hutton 1:10 later for a 3-0 score.

"They got some breaks early," Fisher said. "It was their night for sure."

Ekholm got Nashville on the board after his shot from the high slot deflected off the knob of Mrazek's stick and in with 1:22 to play in the opening stanza.

After Paul Gaustad went off for hooking, Zetterberg skated down below the goal line and fired a shot that ricocheted off Mazanec's mask and hit twine for a 4-1 Detroit lead 2:14 into the middle frame.

On the power play, Tatar deflected Sheahan's pass over the glove of Mazanec for his second of the night with 38.7 seconds left in the second.

Fisher notched an early power-play goal 49 seconds into the third by shuffling the rebound of Roman Josi's point blast over the blocker of Mrazek for a 5-2 game.

Game Notes

Tatar scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season, eclipsing his previous best of 19 which was set last season ... The Red Wings played in their first home game since New Year's Eve ... Prior to the game, Nashville recalled defenseman Anthony Bitetto from Milwaukee (AHL) ... The two teams will meet again on Feb. 28 at Bridgestone Arena.