Wilson has 2 goals, assist in Predators' win

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 30, 2013 at 11:11 pm •  Published: December 30, 2013
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators withstood every comeback try the Detroit Red Wings threw at them and skated off with a win.

Colin Wilson had two goals and an assist, and Mike Fisher scored a goal and helped set up two others in the Predators' 6-4 victory over the Red Wings on Monday night.

Fisher has three goals and three assists in Nashville's past two games. Craig Smith, Nick Spaling, and Roman Josi also scored.

"There was emotion. There were lots of goals, sways in momentum, all the things that you have in sports," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "From that standpoint, I thought it was real good."

Justin Abdelkader, Pavel Datsyuk, Drew Miller, and Patrick Eaves scored for the Red Wings, who have lost two of three.

The teams combined for five goals in a back-and-forth third period, but Nashville never relinquishing the lead.

"We found a way to shut it down and get that next one when we needed it," Fisher said. "That's the sign of a good team, playing against a good team like that, we can win one in the third there."

Wilson put the Predators ahead 1:54 into the game with a wrist shot from the high slot that beat goalie Jimmy Howard on the glove side. It was the first shot on Howard, who had been out with a knee injury since Dec. 10.

"It wasn't very pretty, and it was a battle all night," Howard said. "To be honest with you, I felt like I was behind the play a lot and just didn't get comfortable in their end. When I thought I was on the angles, I was off the angles."

Detroit tied it at 3:00 of the first period when Abdelkader carried the puck from below the Nashville goal line to the left of the net and lifted a backhander high to the stick side of goalie Marek Mazanec.

Nashville regained the lead when Smith scored his team-leading 11th goal at 9:50 of the first.

Skating down the left side on a 3-on-2 rush, Smith pulled up near the left faceoff dot and beat Howard on the short side.

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