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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.