Arnott, Koistinen help Predators rally past Red Wings in shootout

DETROIT (AP) — For the Nashville Predators, these truly are
must-win games.

The Predators moved into a tie for the eighth and final playoff
spot, coming from two goals down with less than seven minutes
left in the third and winning the shootout to beat the Detroit
Red Wings 4-3 on Thursday night.

Ville Koistinen and Jason Arnott scored in the shootout for
Nashville, which tied the St. Louis Blues for the eighth. St.
Louis has two games remaining.

Nashville finishes the regular season Friday night in Minnesota.

“This is the biggest game of the year,” Arnott said. “Tomorrow
night will be the biggest game of the year.”

Arnott also had a goal and an assist in regulation and Scott
Nichol and J.P. Dumont scored for Nashville. Pekka Rinne stopped
23 shots.

“We stayed alive,” Predators’ coach Barry Trotz said. “That’s
pretty good. Coming back when you’re down 3-1 (in the third
period) to the Detroit Red Wings.”

Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen scored for
Detroit and Henrik Zetterberg had two assists. Jiri Hudler
scored in the shootout. Chris Osgood made 22 saves.

“We knew they were going to come out and be really desperate in
the third period,” Lidstrom said.

Dumont tied the game with a minute left in regulation on a
goal-mouth scramble on the power play and with Rinne pulled for
an extra attacker. It was Dumont’s 16th goal.

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Arnott brought Nashville to within one with 6:42 left with his
31st goal. He scored on a rebound after a giveaway by Lidstrom
in Detroit’s zone.

“We came in after the second period and we felt we were in a
good spot,” Arnott said. “We knew we had to come out and lay it
on the line and go on the offense.”

Lidstrom broke a 1-all tie with just 33 seconds left in the
second period with a power-play goal. He beat Rinne on a slap
shot from the left point for his 16th goal.

Franzen made it 3-1 less than three minutes into the third on a
wrist shot from the slot for his 34th goal.

Detroit, which has two games left, will finish second in the
Western Conference.

“I think we were doing a lot of good things tonight and we’ve
got to take those with us (to the playoffs),” Lidstrom said.
“But we’ve got to play 60 minutes.”

Nichol tied the game with his fourth goal, 6:18 into the second
period. He beat Osgood from the top of the right circle.

Kronwall’s power-play goal was the only scoring in the first
period. He beat Rinne with a slap shot from the point in the
middle of the ice with 8:10 left in the opening period for his
sixth goal.