Sam Gagner’s hat trick hauls Red Wings past Predators

Sam Gagner recorded his third career hat trick — his first three goals of the season — and the host Detroit Red Wings pulled away for a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday.Luke Glendening had a goal and an assist and Adam Erne also scored for Detroit. Darren Helm and Bobby Ryan each had two assists, and Red Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier made 37 saves.Mikael Granlund and Erik Haula scored for the Predators, who won 2-0 at Detroit two nights earlier. Pekka Rinne made 27 saves.The score was 1-1 after the first period.Persistence led to Glendening’s second goal of the season. During a puck battle in front of the Predators’ net, Glendening got off a shot that Rinne stopped. The puck came back to Glendening, who was knocked to the ice by a defenseman. On one knee, Glendening shoveled a backhander that eluded Rinne at 4:55.Filip Zadina and Helm were credited with assists.The Predators scored on a power play at 14:15. With Jon Merrill in the box for elbowing, Roman Josi controlled the puck in the slot and passed it to Granlund near the net. The initial shot was saved by Bernier, but Granlund collected the rebound and scored his ninth goal of the season. Eeli Tolvanen got the second assist.The Red Wings scored the lone goal in the second period.

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