Series (Game 8 of 9)

Series tied 4-4

Game 1: Monday, November 21st
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Game 2: Friday, January 6th
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Game 3: Monday, January 23rd
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Game 4: Tuesday, January 24th
Red Wings1
Game 5: Wednesday, February 8th
Red Wings6
Game 6: Thursday, February 9th
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Game 7: Tuesday, March 21st
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Game 8: Thursday, March 30th
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Game 9: Tuesday, April 18th
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Red Wings 4

(50-15-7, 107 pts)

Predators 2

(42-23-8, 92 pts)

8:00 PM ET, March 30, 2006

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 T
DET 2 0 24
NSH 2 0 02

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

S. Yzerman (Red Wings - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

S. Hartnell (Predators - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Shanahan, Williams lead Red Wings past Preds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The NHL-leading Detroit Red Wings pushed aside the Nashville Predators in the third period to pick up yet another road victory.

Brendan Shanahan and Jason Williams each had a goal and an assist in the third period to help the Red Wings beat the Predators 4-2 on Thursday night.

Tomas Holmstrom and Kris Draper also scored, Steve Yzerman assisted on the two third-period goals and Manny Legace made 32 saves.

Mike Sillinger and Scott Hartnell scored for the Predators. The loss was Nashville's fourth straight and also ended a six-game home winning streak. The Predators' last loss at home was Feb. 9 against Detroit.

"If we have efforts like we had in this game the rest of the way we'll be all right," coach Barry Trotz said. "I thought we did a great job of staying on the body and not turning away from them. We created a lot of turnovers down deep. We probably had more chances than they id, but they capitalized on theirs."

Detroit is 26-6-2-1 on the road and 21-2-1-2 at home.

"All year we have been a better on the road as far as our record is concerned," Detroit's Kirk Maltby said. "I think we should take a little bit of our road game and start implementing it at home."

The season series is tied 3-3, with the visiting team winning all six games.

"It's like a boxing match," Nashville's Scott Walker said. "We win a game up there and they train a little harder to play against us down here. The next time we play them we will train harder."

Holmstrom tied it at 2 on a power play with 35 seconds left in the period, deflecting the puck past Tomas Vokoun.

Shanahan gave Detroit the lead at 1:42 of the third period, skating in front of the crease and backhanding the puck past Vokoun for his 33rd goal.

"I don't know why Shanahan plays so well against Nashville," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "He gets all excited because Nashville is such a good hockey team.

Williams completed the scoring with 4:06 left, beating Vokoun with a wrist shot.

"We had crucial breakdowns against a good team and that is not going to work," Vokoun said. "It's hard to win when you are making mistakes. Sometimes you can get away with mistakes, but we're struggling right now."

The two teams played to a 2-2 tie in the first period, with Nashville capitalizing on one of three power-play opportunities and Detroit scoring on one of four.

"Detroit and Dallas are the best teams in the Western Conference, and maybe the league, in capitalizing on mistakes," Trotz said. "They are both veteran teams."

Sillinger struck first on the power play, beating Legace at 13:29.

Kris Draper tied it at 14:09, and Hartnell scored 27 seconds later.

Game notes

Sillinger has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in his last 14 games, including six points (three goals, three assists) in his last four. ... Detroit has nine power-play goals in 40 chances against Nashville this season. ... The game was the first of four games in five nights for Detroit.

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