Filppula's pair lifts Red Wings

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 26, 2011
Valtteri Filppula scored a pair of goals Monday night to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Pavel Datsyuk and Danny Cleary also scored for Detroit, which stopped a two-game skid. Jimmy Howard made 31 saves. Jonathon Blum scored for the Predators, who have lost three of four. The Predators held an 8-7 advantage in shots during the first period, but the Red Wings scored the only goal. Filppula fired a shot from high in the slot that beat goalie Pekka Rinne low to his right side at 10:57. In the second period, the Red Wings scored two goals in 13 seconds. Datsyuk scored on a wraparound as he squeezed the puck between the left post and Rinne at 12:52. The play was reviewed and the goal counted. Moments later, Cleary's wrist shot from the low inside edge of the right circle beat Rinne to his glove side. Filppula struck for the second time when he capped a flurry of shots with a wrister from low in the right circle 5:22 into the third period. Blum ended Howard's shutout bid on a slap shot with 2:12 remaining.
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