Red Wings beat Predators

Associated Press • Mar 30, 2007 at 1:09 AM

NASHVILLE - The Nashville Predators are trying to end Detroit's run atop the Central Division and the Western Conference.

Beating the Red Wings head-to-head would be a good start - and the Predators haven't been able to do that in a while.

Pavel Datsyuk scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and had an assist, and the Red Wings beat Nashville 2-1 Thursday night and moved back into a tie with the Predators atop the NHL.

The Red Wings, Predators and idle Buffalo all have 105 points, but Detroit has a game in hand on Nashville with its four of final five games left against Central Division cellar dwellers Columbus and Chicago.

Nashville blew a chance to pad its lead and has four games left to win a franchise-best 50th game. Three of those are at home.

Detroit came into this game having already won the season series with five victories in the first seven games. The Red Wings finished off the series finale in style with their fourth straight victory against Nashville and 13 of 16 possible points.

Johan Franzen also scored, and Todd Bertuzzi had two assists.

David Legwand scored Nashville's only goal.

The Predators weren't happy with the finish.

They got a man advantage with 2:35 left after Franzen tripped over goalie Tomas Vokoun's stickhand. Nashville put Paul Kariya, Peter Forsberg, Jason Arnott and rookie Alexander Radulov out on the power play and pulled Vokoun with 100 seconds left to pressure goalie Chris Osgood.

Osgood, getting the start in net to keep Dominik Hasek from playing back-to-back games with Dallas visiting tonight, stopped three shots. Radulov was checked to the ice by Kris Draper trying to keep the puck in the offensive zone, and both wound up in the penalty box.

Nashville took a timeout and had a final flurry in front of Osgood, who finished with 25 saves.

BOSTON - Sidney Crosby had three assists to bring his NHL-leading point total to 116, helping Pittsburgh to a victory over Boston, moving the Penguins into first place in the Atlantic Division.

Erik Christensen had two goals and an assist, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots as the Penguins won their fourth consecutive game and ninth out of 11. Pittsburgh has 100 points, two more than idle New Jersey and second in the conference only to the Buffalo Sabres.

With the loss, the Bruins were officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Phil Kessel and Brandon Bochenski each had a goal and an assist for Boston. Tim Thomas stopped 22 shots for his fifth consecutive loss and the Bruins lost for the sixth time in seven games.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Teemu Selanne scored a goal and assisted on three third-period power-play goals, and Anaheim set a franchise record for road wins with 20.

Chris Pronger had two goals and an assist for Anaheim, who are chasing their first division title since entering the league in 1993 and the President's Trophy for the most regular season points.

Ryan Getzlaf and Francois Beauchemin each added a goal and an assist.

The Ducks won their 46th game and now have 104 points, extending their franchise records.

Aaron Johnson and Sergei Fedorov scored for Columbus.

ATLANTA - Slava Kozlov scored two goals, including the game-winner on the power play with 46.4 seconds remaining in overtime, to help Atlanta end a three-game losing streak.

Nik Antropov's hooking penalty led to Atlanta's man advantage in OT and helped the Thrashers improve to 7-1 in their last eight home games.

Kozlov was in the bottom of the left circle when he swept the puck past the right side of goaltender Andrew Raycroft for his 27th goal.

Marian Hossa made it 1-0 early in the first with his 42nd goal for Atlanta, which increased its lead over idle second-place Tampa Bay to five points in the Southeast Division.

Losers of the five straight on the road, the Maple Leafs still earned their 85th point, one better than the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Jarome Iginla's first hat trick of the season lifted Calgary past Minnesota and brought the Flames closer to clinching the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Daymond Langkow also scored in a three-goal first period for Calgary, which scored twice in the first 80 seconds. Niklas Backstrom saw only two shots before Wild coach Jacques Lemaire replaced him with Josh Harding.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 23 saves in Calgary's fifth straight victory.

Brent Burns and Mark Parrish scored power-play goals for Minnesota.

ST. LOUIS - Doug Weight had a goal and an assist, Barret Jackman added three assists, and St. Louis beat Edmonton to snap a three-game skid.

The Blues, who will not be in the playoffs for the second year in a row, also got goals from Peter Sejna, Lee Stempniak, Jay McClement and Petr Cajanek, who scored an empty-netter.

Ales Hemsky and Mathieu Roy scored for Edmonton, which is also out of the playoffs.

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