Red Wings gain more ground on Predators

Associated Press • Mar 14, 2007 at 1:54 AM

NASHVILLE - Kyle Calder scored and had two assists, and the Detroit Red Wings moved within a point of NHL and Central Division-leading Nashville by holding off the Predators 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filippula each scored a goal and an assist, and Robert Lang and Kirk Maltby also had a goal apiece for Detroit.

Alexander Radulov and Martin Erat each scored power-play goals for Nashville.

These teams couldn't be much closer at this point in the season. Nashville came in having earned at least a point in 10 straight games, a streak Detroit also had before a regulation loss to Boston on Sunday. The Predators also have 98 points, compared to the Red Wings' 97.

NEW YORK - Andrej Meszaros' bank shot off the stick of New York defenseman Marek Malik snapped a third-period tie and lifted Ottawa.

Meszaros rushed up the slot and took a shot that connected with Malik's stick, hit the right post and caromed past Henrik Lundqvist at 8:48. The defenseman hadn't scored in 21 games.

Ottawa, which erased a 2-0 deficit in the second period, won for the second time in six games and improved to 10-1-4 in its last 15. Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson added goals, and Ray Emery made 32 saves for the Senators. He blocked Martin Straka's backhander in front with 40 seconds left. Michael Nylander scored twice for New York, which began the night tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots.

Jozef Stumpel scored for the Panthers, who earned at least a point in nine of their previous 10 games.

DALLAS - Mike Modano became the second U.S.-born player to score 500 goals, and the 39th in NHL history, leading the Stars to a victory over Philadelphia.

The 36-year-old native of Livonia, Mich., beat Antero Niittymaki on a rebound at 9:36 of the third period to move within two of Joe Mullen for the career lead among American players.

Modano joined Brendan Shanahan, Jaromir Jagr, Joe Sakic, Peter Bondra, Mats Sundin, Teemu Selanne and Mark Recchi as active 500-goal scorers.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Cory Stillman, Rod Brind'Amour and Scott Walker scored to lead Carolina past Florida.

The Hurricanes are competing for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference without goalie Cam Ward, who injured his left knee Sunday. John Grahame made 26 saves in Ward's place.

PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby scored the deciding goal in the Penguins' shootout victory.

Erik Christensen also scored in the shootout, Crosby had a goal and two assists, Ryan Whitney added three assists and Sergei Gonchar a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who are 4-0-1 in their past five games.

Buffalo has lost a season-high four in a row.

MONTREAL - New York's star goaltender, Rick DiPietro, suffered a head injury late in the opening period of the Islanders' loss to the Canadiens.

DiPietro was taken to a hospital and released, and coach Ted Nolan said the team would have no further information until the medical staff reviewed test results.

TORONTO - Nik Antropov scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, leading the Maple Leafs past Tampa Bay.

Toronto won its third straight at home and moved past the Rangers for ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

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