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January 6, 2004 - Nashville can't keep jinx going
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Tuesday, January 6, 2004
David Guralnick / The Detroit News

Kris Draper, who had two goals to raise his season total to 18, and Predators goalie Chris Mason follow the bouncing puck.

Red Wings 6, Predators 0

Wings rout Predators

Nashville can't keep jinx going

David Guralnick / The Detroit News

Curtis Joseph puts everything he has into one of his 26 saves. It all added up to a shutout victory over Nashville.
David Guralnick / The Detroit News

The Wings' Kris Draper, left, is a happy man after getting a goal -- and congratulations from Jiri Fischer.

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DETROIT The Nashville Predators mastery over the Red Wings is temporarily over.

The Wings stopped a three-game losing streak to the Predators with a 6-0 victory Monday. It was their first victory over the Predators in four attempts.

Curtis Joseph stopped 26 shots for his second shutout of the season. He had been in net for the previous three losses to Nashville.

You try not to think about those things. Im not superstitious, Joseph said. You just go out there and play it to win. ... Right now I am (having fun). No question.

Jason Woolley and Kris Draper, both in the midst of a career-best season, had two goals each. Draper raised his career-high total to 18. Woolley, who had two goals and an assist, continued what has been an amazing turnaround from extra defenseman to one of the Wings surprises.

Both of them are having tremendous seasons, statistics or no stats, Coach Dave Lewis said. Positional play, grit, determination, character, theyve just had very good first halves (of the season).

Nicklas Lidstroms fifth goal, on a power play, and Ray Whitneys seventh, also on a power play, gave the Wings an added lift. They have won four straight.

Theres a lot of different games, teams, rivalries, Lewis said, and its good to beat them (the Predators) just because we hadnt beat them.

Before losing Monday, the Predators had won two straight games and three of four.

Detroits top nine forwards and top four defensemen were better than our top nine forwards and top four defensemen, Predators Coach Barry Trotz said.