Series (Game 2 of 6)

Series tied 3-3

Game 1: Thursday, October 30th
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Game 2: Saturday, November 8th
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Game 3: Saturday, December 20th
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Game 4: Monday, January 5th
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Game 5: Tuesday, February 3rd
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Game 6: Sunday, March 14th
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Predators 4

(5-8-0, 11 pts)

Red Wings 3

(6-7-0, 13 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 8, 2003

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

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NSH 0 0 44
DET 2 1 03

M. Erat (Predators - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

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

J. Tootoo (Predators - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Wings 'just sat back' in 3rd period

DETROIT (AP) -- After two unimpressive periods, the Nashville Predators thought they had plenty of energy left for a late comeback.

Tomas Vokoun

Tomas Vokoun has emerged as a reliable netminder for the surging Predators.

Scott Walker's power-play goal with 57 seconds left capped a four-goal third period, giving the Predators a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

"It was awesome," Walker said. "To be honest, we had only played 20 minutes or so, so we should have had a lot more left. We just stood around and watched them skate for two periods."

Scott Hartnell, Vladimir Orszagh and Martin Erat also scored for the Predators, who trailed 3-0 going into the third period.

"It was textbook what not to do in the third period with a three-goal lead," Detroit defenseman Mathieu Schneider said. "We just sat back."

Brendan Shanahan and Tomas Holmstrom each had a goal and an assist, and Kris Draper also scored for the Red Wings.

With the game tied 3-3, Walker tipped in a shot by Marek Zidlicky past Curtis Joseph.

"We came out and played an unbelievable period," Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun said. "It just shows that we have it in us."

Hartnell tied it with 3:34 left by jamming a shot past Joseph from the side of the net, with Boyd Devereaux hanging onto him.

Orszagh started the Predators' comeback, scoring from the slot 6:47 into the third period. and Erat put in a wrist shot from the blue line with 8:03 remaining to make it 3-2.

"It's as well as we've played for a short period -- 20 minutes," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "That might be our best period for passion, determination and those things. The guys were determined they were going to make something happen."

Detroit right wing Darren McCarty left the game early in the first period with back spasms after he slid into the boards after being hooked by Erat. Detroit coach Dave Lewis said McCarty will have X-rays on Sunday.

Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the first period. Holmstrom tipped in a shot from the point by Ray Whitney just 14 seconds in, and Draper put in his second attempt at Steve Yzerman's cross-crease pass at 7:24.

Shanahan scored a power play goal with 1:52 left in the second period. His one-timer from the top of the left circle beat Vokoun.

"It's just disappointing to finish a hockey game like that," Lewis said. "You can ask any of those guys that."

Game Notes: The previous game between the teams, a 5-3 win in Nashville on Oct. 30, featured 210 penalty minutes and nine fights. ... Detroit was without defenseman Mathieu Dandenault and forward Jason Williams, both out with groin injuries. ... Newly signed Detroit RW Steve Thomas is still awaiting his U.S. work visa in the Toronto area. GM Ken Holland said the earliest Thomas will join the team is the middle of next week. ... Nashville defenseman Tomas Kloucek took three consecutive penalties in the first period, two for hooking and one for elbowing.

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