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Tomas Tatar lifts Red Wings past Predators, 4-3

March 1, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Tomas Tatar scored on a power play in the third period to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators in the NHL on Saturday.

Tatar carried the puck toward the Nashville net and fired a backhander that deflected off Predators defenseman Roman Josi’s stick and past goalie Pekka Rinne at 9:06 in the final period.

Alexey Marchenko scored his first NHL goal, while Brendan Smith and Drew Miller also scored to help Detroit win its second straight game. Matt Cullen, Mike Fisher and Shea Weber scored for Nashville.

Marchenko tied it at 3 at 3:56 of the third. With the teams skating 4-on-4, Marchenko’s wrist shot from the right circle beat Rinne underneath the crossbar.

Smith opened the scoring at 7:22 of the opening period, before Miller, playing his 400th game for Detroit, doubled the lead at 2:03 of the second when he wristed a shot under Rinne’s right arm.

Nashville scored 30 seconds later when Cullen picked up a loose puck just outside the crease and slid it by goalie Jonas Gustavsson. Fisher tied it 6:02 of the second with a wrist shot from the slot that beat Gustavsson high to the glove side.

The Predators took a 3-2 lead with 3:52 left in the second on Weber’s power-play goal, before the Red Wings took control in the third.

Jay McClement scored twice and Cam Ward made 21 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 5-3.

McClement tied it 1-1 late in the first period and then scored again midway through the second for his sixth goal. Justin Faulk, Brad Malone and Michal Jordan also netted second-period goals for Carolina, which beat the Islanders for the first time in four meeting this season.

Michael Grabner opened the scoring for the Islanders at 11:47 of the first with his seventh goal, rifling the puck past Ward from the left circle. Nikolay Kulemin and John Tavares also scored for the Islanders.

Manny Malhotra scored his first goal with the Canadiens, Carey Price made 30 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, and Montreal beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0.

David Desharnais had two goals, and Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal, which has won four in a row and 14 of 19.

Malhotra scored at 5:00 of the first period when he took a drop pass from Dale Weise and beat Jonathan Bernier from close range.

Michael Del Zotto’s short-handed goal 1:19 into the third period lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

Matt Read, Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds also scored for the Flyers.

J.T. Miller and John Moore tallied for New York, which lost in regulation for the first time in 11 games.

Justin Fontaine broke a second-period tie, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 33 shots, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Erik Haula and Jason Pominville also scored for the Wild.

Also Saturday, the Florida Panthers beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3, the New Jersey Devils edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0, the St. Louis Blues edged the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 and the Boston Bruins sent the Arizona Coyotes to their ninth straight loss, 4-1.

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