Kostitsyn brothers help Preds down Wings

Andrei Kostitsyn was assisted by his brother, Sergei, on a pair
of power-play goals to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win
over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

Patric Hornqvist also scored for Nashville. Drew Mller and
Justin Abdelkader had goals for Detroit. Both teams scored within a
13-second span of the first period.

Pekka Rinne made 35 saves for his 38th win of the season. Joey
MacDonald stopped 17 shots for Detroit.

David Legwand skated on the left side, and Hornqvist on the
right on a 2-on-1 break. Legwand passed to Hornqvist, who scored on
a wrist shot on a backdoor play that caught MacDonald too far out
of the net at 7:30. Hornqvist leads the Predators with 21
goals.

Miller answered at 7:43 when he won a battle behind the net for
the puck and then bounced a shot from the right side in off of
Rinne.

Andrei Kostitsyn scored on the power play at the 11:59 of the
first to put the Predators back in front 2-1. Sergei Kostitsyn made
a short pass to his brother who did a spin-around move to beat
MacDonald on the left side. It was the first time the brothers had
teamed up for a goal for Nashville.

At 4:34 of the third period the Kostitsyn brothers connected
again on the power play. Andrei scored from low on the left side
off a pass from Sergei. It was Andrei’s first multiple-goal game of
the season.

With 5:25 remaining, Abdelkader fired a shot and then put the
rebound over Rinne’s shoulder from low in the slot.


NOTES: Andrei Kostitsyn has six points (three
goals, three assists) in five games for Nashville. … Legwand had
a season-high three assists, his second multiple-assist game in six
contests. … MacDonald played in his 100th NHL game. … It was
the 20th sellout of the season for Nashville, tying the team record
set during the 1999-2000 season.