DETROIT (AP) -- The Nashville Predators started and finished with a one-goal lead.
In a game suspended two months ago when Detroit defenseman Jiri
Fischer collapsed on the bench with cardiac arrest, Scott Hartnell scored in the second period and the Predators held on to beat Detroit 3-2 on Monday night.
Although the teams played a full 60-minute game Monday,
Nashville opened play with a 1-0 advantage on Greg Johnson's goal
from the game at Detroit on Nov. 21 that was stopped with 7:30 left
in the first period.
Fischer, who attends occasional games and practices, is being
treated with medicine, is undergoing regular tests and has not been
cleared to play. The team has not given a timetable for the
25-year-old Czech's return.
"It was the right decision to cancel our other game, especially
being his friend from our national team," said Nashville's Tomas
Vokoun, who made 39 saves. "You put life in front of everything
because he was in immediate danger and he could've lost his life."
The game resumed on a date originally scheduled to be
Nashville's home game against Detroit. The Predators will play that
home game against the Red Wings on March 30.
"Obviously, you remember what happen because this was the
makeup game," Detroit center Jason Williams said. "Everybody
knows Jiri is all right now, and we're glad he's OK. Everybody
tries to put it in the back of their minds, but I'm sure some guys
though about it."
The Predators are 5-0-3 in their last eight games, pulling
within of one point in the Central Division of the Western
Conference-leading Red Wings. Detroit had won four straight.
"It's a confidence-booster for everybody to win at their
rink," Vokoun said. "But the standings are so close, we can't
Manny Legace stopped just 12 shots for the Red Wings, who pulled
the goalie in the final minute, but still could not get a shot past
"If you play like that, you'll win 99 percent," Detroit coach
Mike Babcock said. "We had a lot of opportunities to score. They
went on the road and found a way to get a win.
"We've won a lot of games that we shouldn't have won. This was
one we probably should have won, but didn't."
Nashville took a 2-0 lead -- on its first shot -- early in the
first period when Steve Sullivan scored on a breakaway.
"You shouldn't watch tape on guys," Legace said. "He scored
three breakaway goals going top glove. So, I'm watching top glove
and he goes 5-hole. Instead of playing the man, I played the
Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk scored on a rebound 40 seconds into the
second period, and Mathieu Schneider made it 2-all later in the
Hartnell, standing in front of Legace, redirected Kimmo
Timonen's shot from the top of the left circle at 9:30 of the
After Sullivan's goal, the next three scores were all on the
"We knew special teams was going to be important," Timonen
The Red Wings and Predators -- the top two teams in the
Central Division by a large margin -- played their second of eight
games. They will play Tuesday in Detroit, and two more times before
the Olympic break next month. ... Both teams began the game with
only one loss in regulation in the division.