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NHL - Predators 4, Red Wings 1

9:42 PM, Mar 30, 2012   |    comments
Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk gets held up between the Predators' Ryan Suter, left, and David Legwand as goalie goalie Pekka Rinne covers the puck in the first period tonight at Joe Louis Arena. / JULIAN H. GONZALEZ/DFP
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Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Pekka Rinne made 31 saves, including 17 in the second period, to backstop the visiting Nashville Predators to an historic 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Alexander Radulov registered a goal and set up another for the Predators, who have won three of their last four games.

Barry Trotz, the Predators' only head coach in franchise history, notched his 500th career win.

Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots in his first outing since March 19. He had missed the last four games with a groin injury.

The Red Wings have dropped two straight and eight of 10 overall.

While Friday's clash at Joe Louis Arena concluded the season series between Nashville and Detroit, the Central Division foes could see each other again in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Predators moved one point ahead of the Red Wings in the race for the Western Conference's fourth seed and home-ice advantage. Sixth-place Chicago is lurking two points behind Detroit.


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