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Red Wings beat Predators 4-0, ending 5-game skid

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LARRY LAGE | February 23, 2013 09:47 PM EST | AP

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DETROIT — Jimmy Howard made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season, and Drew Miller scored an early goal as the Detroit Red Wings snapped a season-high, five-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

Three of the losses in the Red Wings' skid came after they led 2-0. Tomas Tatar gave Detroit a two-goal lead early in the second and Niklas Kronwall made it a three-goal cushion late in the period.

Pekka Rinne gave up those three goals on just 17 shots and finished with 23 saves for the Predators. Nashville, playing on consecutive nights, has lost two straight and four of five.

Detroit didn't waste its first 3-0 lead of the season, but instead added to it with Daniel Cleary's goal on a power play midway through the third period.

The Predators had won seven of eight games against Detroit, including last year's first-round playoff series.

Miller scored off a rebound 5:11 into the game to perhaps relax the reeling Red Wings. Tatar lifted a loose puck high and into the net 2:58 into the second period.

Kronwall's one-timer fluttered past Rinne, who had an obstructed view of the shot as Detroit's Daniel Cleary was tangled up with teammate Scott Hannan in front. That gave the Red Wings a 3-0 lead at 15:33 of the second.

The Red Wings didn't need another goal to win, but they were desperate for some success on the power play. They got some when Cleary raised his stick to redirect Kronwall's slap shot.

Detroit had scored only one goal on 17 power plays during its losing streak.

NOTES: Nashville D Hal Gill left the game in the second period because of a lower-body injury. ... The Red Wings will host Northwest Division-leading Vancouver on Sunday, less than 24 hours after the puck dropped against Nashville. ... Detroit hopes two of its banged-up players, Todd Bertuzzi (back) and Brendan Smith (hip), will return in about a week. ... In the Predators' previous seven games, they had given up only goal on 20 power plays. ... Howard earned his 12th career shutout.

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