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.
CAPITALS 5, DEVILS 1: In Washington, Alex Ovechkin produced his first hat trick in more than two years to lead Washington.
Ovechkin, a two-time NHL MVP, broke out in a big way, turning in his first three-goal game since a 4-1 victory at Toronto on Jan. 22, 2011.
FLYERS 5, JETS 3: In Philadelphia, Wayne Simmonds scored a go-ahead goal about halfway through the third period to lift Philadelphia.
Brayden Schenn scored two goals and Claude Giroux added one for the Flyers, who scored three on the power play.
KINGS 4, AVALANCHE 1: In Los Angeles, Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter scored first-period goals, Trevor Lewis added his first career short-handed goal, and Los Angeles won its third in a row.
OILERS 3, COYOTES 2, SO: In Edmonton, Alberta, Jordan Eberle scored in regulation and in the shootout as Edmonton snapped a two-game slide.
ISLANDERS 4, SABRES 0: In Buffalo, N.Y., Evgeni Nabokov stopped 35 shots to lead New York.
Mark Streit and Michael Grabner broke the game open with goals 65 seconds apart late in the second period. John Tavares and Colin McDonald sealed the win with third-period goals.
LIGHTNING 5, HURRICANES 2: In Raleigh, N.C., Steven Stamkos scored and had an assist in a four-goal third period that sent Tampa Bay to the victory.
Benoit Pouliot, Tom Pyatt and Richard Panik had the other third-period goals for the Lightning, who snapped a first-place tie with the Hurricanes atop the Southeast Division.
SENATORS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 2: In Ottawa, Ontario, Colin Greening batted in a puck midair with 24 seconds remaining to lift Ottawa.
Mika Zibanejad and Erik Condra also scored for the Senators (11-6-2), who got 26 saves from Ben Bishop. The win extends Ottawa’s winning streak to four games.
CANADIENS 3, RANGERS 0: In Montreal, Carey Price made 17 saves to lead Montreal.
Each player on the line of Erik Cole, Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller scored a goal and added an assist for Montreal (12-4-2), which bounced back after Thursday’s loss to the New York Islanders and won for the sixth time in seven games.
Price’s shutout was his second this season.