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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, December 02, 2018 1:00 am

NHL

Red Wings get road win over Bruins

Associated Press

BOSTON – Frans Nielsen scored his first goal of the season to break a tie with 8:07 left in the third period and Jimmy Howard made 37 saves, lifting the surging Detroit Red Wings past the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Saturday night.

Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin had second-period goals, and Gustav Nyquist added an empty-netter for the Red Wings, who improved 11-4-1 in their last 16 games after opening the season with just one win (1-7-2) in their first 10.

David Backes and Ryan Donato had Boston's goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots. The Bruins lost for just the third time in 12 home games this season.

PREDATORS 5, BLACKHAWKS 2: In Nashville, Tennessee, Eeli Tolvanen scored his first NHL goal and added an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Craig Smith, Kevin Fiala and Ryan Johansen also each had a goal and an assist, and Austin Watson added an empty-netter for the Predators, who snapped a two-game skid. Pekka Rinne stopped 19 shots for the win. Brandon Saad and Artem Anisimov scored for Chicago, which has lost three straight. Cam Ward finished with 24 saves.

Tolvanen, the 30th overall pick in the 2017 Draft, got his first goal 31/2 minutes into the game. On the left half wall, Smith sent a backhand pass to Tolvanen alone in the low slot, where he sent a backhand over Ward's glove to push Nashville's lead to 2-0.