Predators Strike Red Wings Early, Often

Prospal leads Tampa over Montreal, Islanders edge out Flyers
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2008 12:35 AM CST
Nashville Predators forward Martin Erat, left, celebrates scoring a goal, next to teammate Rich Peverly, right,m during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Nashville,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Predators came out swinging, scoring three goals on their first four shots of the game, and ultimately beating the Wings 4-2, the Nashville City Paper reports. "We set the tempo and played physically early," said Alexander Radulov, who scored twice for Nashville--owners of a 2-1-1 record against Detroit so far this season. Elsewhere in the NHL:

  • Despite his recent criticisms of the team, Vaclav Prospal produced a big night for the Lightning. The center scored two goals, including the go-ahead effort, as Tampa topped Montreal, 3-2.
  • The Islanders' Trent Hunter scored a goal and added two assists to hand the struggling Flyers a 4-3 loss. The victory marked the first for New York since Jan. 22nd.