NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Tomas Kopecky and Valterri Filppula scored and the Detroit Red Wings won their seventh straight, 2-1 over the Nashville Predators.
Martin Gelinas scored for Nashville.
Kopecky opened the scoring 7:10 into the game, firing a one-timer from inside the right circle that found the net between goalie Dan Ellis and the left post.
At 15:06, Filppula was awarded a penalty shot after he was tripped by Jerred Smithson while he skated toward the net. Ellis went low to block the shot, and Filppula shot it over the goalie.
The Predators cut the Detroit lead to 2-1 with 24 seconds left in the second period. After failing to score on three power-play attempts in the period, the Predators got a short-handed goal. David Legwand was skating in on a breakaway and lost the puck. Gelinas, following behind, shot the loose puck between the leg pads of goalie Chris Osgood.
Detroit out shot Nashville 35-31.
Notes: All three of the Predators short-handed goals this season have been scored in the last five games. ... Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk had an assist, giving him points in 12 of his last 13 games (10 goals, 10 assists). ... All three games between Nashville and Detroit this season have been decided by one goal.
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