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Wings can’tsnap slump

AP

The Nashville Predators scored only two goals on Tuesday night.

But it was enough for a win because the slumping Detroit Red Wings couldn’t get a puck past rookie Marek Mazanec.

Mazanec made 27 saves to earn his first shutout, helping Nashville extend the Wings’ skid to seven games with a 2-0 victory.

“He’s catching up to the level,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said. “He’s confident after seeing some of the best players in the world. When you start facing those guys on a regular basis, you’re going to feel a little bit more confident if you have success.”

Shea Weber and Gabriel Bourque scored for Nashville, which has won two straight after losing four in a row.

“We’ve got to keep an even keel,” Trotz said.

The Red Wings are saying the same thing.

Detroit’s home slide reached eight games (0-6-2), the franchise’s longest stretch without a win at Joe Louis Arena since Jan. 12-30 1991, according to STATS.

“It’s just a frustrating time for us right now,” Jimmy Howard said after making 23 saves for the Red Wings. “It just doesn’t seem like anything’s going our way out there.”

Home — or away.

The Red Wings have gone seven games without a win overall (0-5-2) for the first time since the last seven games of the 2001-02 regular season, according to STATS.

That team went on to hoist the Stanley Cup.

This one, though, appears to have a lot of heavy lifting ahead of it to contend for a championship.

“When you’ve lost that many in a row, it gets in your head,” Trotz said. “They haven’t really lost that many games.”

In regulation, that’s a fact. Detroit entered the game with an Eastern Conference-low five losses in regulation, but has lost all four of its shootouts and seven of eight games decided in overtime.

“There’s no excuses — whatsoever,” Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “Our job is to win games and we haven’t been winning. Sure, we’ve been taking points here and there, but it’s about getting two points and we have to get back to that as soon as possible.”

Weber put the Predators ahead 1-0 on a power-play goal with 4.8 seconds left in the second period.

Bourque gave Nashville a two-goal lead at 7:13 of the third period, scoring on a rebound that caromed off the boards behind Howard.

Bruins 2, Rangers 1

In New York, Tuukka Rask made 43 saves — including a stop on a first-period penalty shot — as Boston spoiled the return of New York forward Rick Nash in a victory over the Rangers.

Rask, playing on back-to-back days for the first time this season, denied Chris Kreider’s penalty shot and turned away everything else except for Derick Brassard’s power-play goal in the second.

Flyers 5, Senators 2

In Philadelphia, Kimmo Timonen had a goal and two assists, Steve Mason made 32 saves as the Flyers beat Ottawa.

Canadiens 6, Wild 2

In Montreal, Max Pacioretty had a natural hat trick in the second period as the Habs cooled off Minnesota.

Avalanche 5, Blackhawks 1

In Denver, Semyon Varlamov stopped 36 shots and Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist in Colorado’s victory over Chicago.

Gabriel Landeskog and John Mitchell also scored during the Avalanche’s three-goal first period. P.A. Parenteau and Cody McLeod added goals in the second and third for Colorado.

Kings 5, Lightning 2

In Los Angeles, Anze Kopitar and Matt Frattin each had a goal and an assist, and Ben Scrivens extended his unlikely winning streak with 19 saves for the Kings against Tampa Bay.

Blues 4, Sabres 1

In Buffalo, Brenden Morrow scored twice as St. Louis extended its mastery of the Sabres.

The Blues have won 13 of 15 games against Buffalo since 1999.

Maple Leafs 5, Islanders 2

In Toronto, Phil Kessel scored two goals and the hosts beat New York for their second win in a row.

Trevor Smith, Mason Raymond and David Clarkson also scored for the Maple Leafs. Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves for the win.

Panthers 3, Canucks 2 (SO)

In Vancouver, Jonathan Huberdeau scored the only goal in a shootout to lift Florida over the slumping Canucks.

Shawn Matthias and Brad Boyes had the goals for the Panthers, who got 27 saves from Tim Thomas.

Oilers 7, Blue Jackets 0

In Edmonton, David Perron had a career-high four-point game with two goals and two assists and the Oilers routed Columbus.

Devan Dubnyk needed only 14 saves to earn his first shutout of the season.

Jordan Eberle, Ryan Smyth, Nail Yakupov, Taylor Hall and Justin Schultz also scored for Edmonton, which improved to 2-7-0 at home this season.