NHL: Nashville 3, Detroit 1

March 15, 2008 at 6:16 PM
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DETROIT, March 15 (UPI) -- Dan Ellis backstopped the Nashville Predators' 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings Saturday, stopping 34 of the 35 shots sent his way.

With the victory, Nashville rose to 80 points, tying Vancouver for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Center Rich Peverley's third goal this season at 6:10 of the second period broke a 1-1 tie and was the game-winner.

He scored when Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood mishandled the puck behind his own net.

Dan Hamhuis and Jerred Smithson (unassisted into an empty net in the third) also scored for the Predators, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Niklas Kronwall scored the lone goal while Osgood was beaten twice on 26 shots for the Red Wings, who already have clinched the Central Division crown and are bidding to clinch the top seed in the Western Conference.

Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk had an eight-game point streak snapped.

The attendance at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena was 20,066.

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