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Nashvile 5, Detroit 5 (OT)

Feb. 4, 2003 at 11:55 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Defenseman Kimmo Timonen and Denis Arkhipov scored 4:18 apart late in the third period Tuesday night to help erase a deficit and lift the Nashville Predators into a 5-5 tie with Detroit, extending the Red Wings' winless skid to four games (0-2-2).

With just one victory in their last six contests, the Red Wings seemed well on their way to their 11th win in 14 home meetings with the Predators as Luc Robitaille snapped a 20-game goalless drought with 15 seconds left in the first period and Pavel Datsyuk tallied 81 seconds into the second. Datsyuk's goal gave Detroit a commanding 5-2 lead.

But the Predators, who had dropped their previous two games, would not concede. Detroit native David Legwand scored his career-high 14th goal midway through the period and Timonen netted his second of the game at 12:30 of the third to draw Nashville within 5-4.

With time winding down, Arkhipov took a cross-slot pass from Vitali Yachmenev low in the left faceoff circle and put it past goaltender Curtis Joseph at 16:48 to knot the contest.

Defenseman Mark Eaton also scored and Tomas Vokoun settled down after a shaky start to make 29 saves for the Predators, including five in overtime.

Rookie Henrik Zetterberg, Kris Draper and Brendan Shanahan added goals for the Red Wings, who were denied their 20th win when leading after two periods (19


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