Red Wings 5, Predators 2
DETROIT (AP) _ Darren McCarty and Doug Brown each scored two goals as the Detroit Red Wings overcame a stellar performance by Nashville goalie Mike Dunham and beat the Predators 5-2 Wednesday.
Brendan Shanahan scored his sixth goal in five games for the Red Wings, who have won four straight since an opening-game loss. It was Detroit’s last game before the return of coach Scotty Bowman, who has been recovering from offseason angioplasty and knee replacement surgery.
Bowman, who was cleared to return by his doctors on Monday, will conduct practice Thursday and be back behind the bench Friday night when the Red Wings play host to Toronto.
Greg Johnson had a goal and an assist and Sergei Krivokrasov scored the other goal for the expansion Predators in their first-ever meeting with the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion.
The game was close through 2 1/2 periods only because of Dunham, who was peppered with 57 shots, 27 in the second period alone.
Brown, who was taken by Nashville in the expansion draft but dealt back to Detroit, broke a 1-1 tie by converting a centering pass from Tomas Holmstrom 3:19 into the third period. McCarty made it 3-1 just 49 seconds later when he blasted a pass from Steve Yzerman past Dunham for his second goal of the night.
Krivakrasov scored at 7:58, but Shanahan ripped a shot from the right circle past Dunham on a power play to restore Detroit’s two-goal lead at 10:20. Brown added another goal _ the 15,000th in franchise history _ with 3:21 remaining.
Chris Osgood, in net for all of Detroit’s first five games, made 13 saves.
McCarty gave Detroit a 1-0 lead 14:35 into the game. Yzerman’s cross-ice pass for Shanahan was blocked back to McCarty near the right circle, and he blasted a shot past Dunham for his second goal.
The Red Wings outshot the Predators 13-2 in the first period, and Dunham came up with several tough saves. He twice stoned Yzerman during a power play midway through the period and followed with a point-blank stop of Sergei Fedorov’s shot just after the penalty ended.
The best of Dunham’s 27 second-period saves thwarted a 3-on-1 break for Detroit. He gloved Jamie Macoun’s shot and covered it up to keep the score 1-0.
Osgood, meanwhile, faced just seven shots through the first 40 minutes. But the eighth shot created a 1-1 tie when Johnson, a former Red Wing, got loose with the puck to Osgood’s right and slipped it behind him 1:04 into the third.
It was the first goal allowed in 142 minutes, 30 seconds by Osgood, who blanked Calgary 2-0 in his previous start.