Red Wings beat NHL-leading Preds to end successful Western road trip

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After dropping three straight games, the Detroit Red Wings started an important six-game road trip on Feb. 18. It proved to be a very successful stint for them, which they ended appropriately with a 4-3 victory over the NHL-leading Nashville Predators.

Nashville made the Red Wings sweat when they scored three consecutive goals to gain a 3-2 edge ahead of the second intermission. Until today, the Predators had only lost one game in regulation when they entered the third period with the lead, but 23-year-old defenseman Alexey Marchenko helped Detroit to defy those odds with his first career goal:

Tomas Tatar scored the game-winner on the power play less than six minutes later:

Detroit finished the road trip with a 4-1-1 record. That’s moved the Red Wings up to 35-15-11 this season, which is good enough to keep them in the running for the Atlantic Division title. They’ll be afforded a breather before they have to play against the New York Rangers on Wednesday (NBCSN, 8:00 p.m. ET).