NHL: Detroit 4, Nashville 2

Jan. 29, 2010 at 10:36 PM

DETROIT, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A 46-save performance by Jimmy Howard Friday allowed the Detroit Red Wings to break out of a slump and down Nashville 4-2.

The Red Wings had lost three in a row and six out of seven, a skid that has put their post-season hopes in jeopardy.

Nicklas Lidstrom broke a 1-1 tie 5:55 into the second with a power-play goal and Drew Miller added to the lead 3 minutes later.

Shea Weber cut the Nashville deficit to one early in the third period but Henrik Zetterberg restored the two-goal lead just past the midway point of the stanza.

Nashville lost its fifth straight game. Dan Ellis surrendered all four goals on 29 shots.

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