Final OT

Series (Game 4 of 5)

Detroit leads 2-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 27th
Red Wings1Final
Predators0
Game 2: Tuesday, November 20th
Predators3Final
Red Wings6
Game 3: Saturday, December 29th
Red Wings2Final
OT
Predators3
Game 4: Monday, March 25th
Red Wings3Final
OT
Predators3
Game 5: Thursday, March 28th
Predators3Final
OT
Red Wings3

Red Wings 3

(50-14-2, 109 pts)

Predators 3

(26-34-0, 64 pts)

8:00 PM ET, March 25, 2002

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 OT T
DET 1 1 1 03
NSH 0 2 1 03

M. Dunham (Predators - G): Saves: 35, Save Pct.: .921

S. Hartnell (Predators - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

B. Shanahan (Red Wings - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Dunham makes 35 stops for Predators

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators feel good once they reach overtime. Mike Dunham was the reason they got there.

Mike Dunham
Dunham

Dunham made 35 saves as the Predators tied the Detroit Red Wings 3-3 Monday night.

"We can thank Mike Dunham for the whole game," Nashville forward Vladimir Orszagh said. "He kept us in the game for the first two periods, making some unbelievable saves. It would have been nice to get a win, but you have to be satisfied with the tie."

The Predators, with their 12th tie of the season, are the only team in the league to not lose in overtime.

"Detroit is a talented team," Dunham said. "Look at their forwards and look at their team. They are a great puck possession team. They are a finesse team and they are going to get their chances.

"We withstood it, and we did not give up many rebounds. We worked hard the whole game. There are definitely some things that we want to work on, but we have to be proud with the way we played in the second and third periods."

Scott Hartnell had a goal and an assist for the Predators.

Detroit took a 1-0 lead at 4:46 of the first period on the power play. Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot off of the pads of Nashville's Mike Dunham. Sergei Fedorov skated in alone low in the slot and put the rebound by Dunham.

Nashville answered in the second period with a power-play goal.

Detroit's Jiri Fischer, in an attempt to clear the puck away from the net, hit Denis Arkhipov's stick at 11:26. The deflection went past surprised goalie Manny Legace.

The Predators made it 2-1 lead at 18:12 of the second. Hartnell made a drop pass to Karlis Skrastins in the left circle and he beat Legace with a wrist shot.

The lead lasted only 43 seconds, as Jason Williams skated through the slot and put a wrist shot over the Dunham's left shoulder.

Hartnell restored the Predators' lead at 3:57 of the third period from the left side of the net on a pass from the right corner by Jukka Hentunen.

Detroit tied it at 18:01 when Brendan Shanahan scored from the left-side boards.

The Predators controlled the overtime period, but were unable to score on three shots.

"Nashville grinds it out," Legace said. "They battle. They never give up. You have to give a lot of credit to their coaching staff. They are well-prepared. They just keep pounding and pounding."

Game notes


Skrastins, who has only four goals this season, has scored twice in two games. ... Hartnell leads the Predators in assists with 26. ... Hentunen has three points (one goal, two assists) in his first two games with the Predators. ... Shanahan scored his team-leading 35th goal.

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