Weber gives Predators 4-3 win over Red Wings in OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 19, 2013 at 11:18 pm •  Published: February 19, 2013
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After a slow start this season, Shea Weber has found his stride.

Nashville's captain scored 44 seconds into overtime to give the Predators a 4-3 victory against the slumping Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Craig Smith, Gabriel Bourque and Roman Josi also scored for Nashville, which had lost its last two games. The Red Wings have dropped four straight.

Daniel Cleary, Jordin Tootoo and Pavel Datsyuk had the Detroit goals.

Less than a minute into overtime, Colin Wilson's shot from the left side went wide and bounced off the end boards. Weber came down the right side, collected the rebound and beat a diving Jonas Gustavsson, who replaced injured goalie Jimmy Howard midway through the first period.

"Lucky," Weber said. "I was just thankful for whoever installed that kick plate behind the net because that sure kicked out hard. I was just lucky to get a stick on it and find a way to slide it in."

Gustavsson, recalled from the minors on Monday, stopped 16 of 18 shots.

"I feel like the guy who took the shot, he had some time and space," Gustavsson said. "I just tried to be aggressive. I guess he missed the net and the puck bounced their way, and they were able to get it into the net. I guess that's the way hockey is — lucky bounces. I guess they had it at the end of the game."

Weber, in his third season as the Predators' captain, was held without a point in Nashville's first nine games. But he has three goals and three assists in his last four games.

"He has scored in three straight games here," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "I just think with the bigger guys, it just takes a little longer to get going, getting your hands, getting your feet, getting your wind getting up ice."

Smith scored the game's first goal at 5:01 of the opening period.



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