J.P. Dumont snapped a 10-game scoreless streak when he scored unassisted with 5:23 to play. In so doing, he also provided a much-needed cushion for the closing minutes as the Nashville Predators held on for a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena.
Dumont’s goal gave the Predators a two-goal lead, which stood until Detroit went with an extra attacker and got within one on Johan Franzen’s goal with 1:33 to play.
His last goal – and point – was Nov. 16 at Toronto, and recently his ice time dipped significantly. He played fewer than 10 minutes in each of the last four games, including a season-low 4:30 Saturday against Carolina and 7:23 against the Red Wings.
Rookie goalie Anders Lindback made 35 saves, his second highest total of the season, and improved to 5-1-2 overall, 2-0-1 since Pekka Rinne was sidelined with a knee injury late last week.
Detroit outshot Nashville 37-24, including 16-4 over the final 20 minutes.
The Predators led by one at the start of the third period and killed off a pair of penalties fewer than three minutes apart against one of the league’s top 10 power play units.
Colin Wilson and Martin Erat staked the Predators to a 2-0 lead when they scored – officially – 1:22 apart. Their goals were separated by the first intermission, however, as Wilson scored with 33 seconds to play in the first period and Erat followed with his 49 seconds into the second.
Detroit cut that lead in half when Pavel Datsyuk, who also had an assist on Franzen’s goal, scored shorthanded at 13:04 of the second period.
Nashville’s David Legwand played for the first time since Nov. 18 but was hurt in the second period and did not finish the game. He had one shot and no points in 8:27 of ice time.