NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- After spending time with six organizations in the past seven seasons, Andreas Johansson finally may have found a home in Nashville.
Signed by Nashville as a free agent in early September, Johansson has excelled, collecting five goals and three assists in eight games. Drafted by the New York Islanders in 1991, the 29-year-old Swede also played for Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Calgary and the New York Rangers before landing with the Predators.
Entering the game with an 0-4-1-2 record, Nashville took a 1-0 lead on Johansson's first tally at 3:39 of the first period.
After two-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom knotted the game less than two minutes later with his 150th career goal, Michigan native Adam Hall and Johansson tallied to give the Predators a 3-1 bulge.
"I'm just happy we won the game," Johansson said. "We needed it. We've still got 74 games left to play, so we can't celebrate like we won the (Stanley) Cup. But we did something good tonight, and we have to build from it."
"It's a nice feeling," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "The guys have been working hard and doing what they're supposed to be doing."
Mike Dunham stopped 37 shots for Nashville, which played its third home game in five nights.
"Tonight, my focus was there, and I concentrated hard," Dunham said. "Detroit shoots a lot, and they crash the net. That's how they get their goals. We had to keep them in front of us."
Detroit's Curtis Joseph made 27 saves but was denied his 350th career victory.
After receiving a pass on the left wing boards, Johansson spun around and skated into the slot before beating Joseph between the pads with a backhander to give the Predators a 1-0 lead.
Detroit answered 1:43 later when Lidstrom buried a shot from low in the left faceoff circle off a pass from Igor Larionov, giving the Red Wings a power-play tally in each of their nine games this season.
Selected out of Michigan State in the second round of the 1999 draft, Hall netted his second goal of the season to put Nashville back in front.
With Kris Draper in the penalty box for high-sticking, the Kalamazoo native deflected defenseman Kimmo Timonen's wrist shot from the blue line past Joseph. It came 11 seconds into the man advantage and gave the Predators a power-play goal in six consecutive contests.
"You just try to go to the net to get a screen set up, and try to get a little tip on the puck," Hall said. "I have a lot of family from Detroit, so I had a lot of people watching back home."
Johansson capped the scoring at 10:05, receiving a pass from David Legwand and depositing it into the net from the left side to post his second two-goal game of the season and sixth career.
"On the first one, everything went my way from when I got the puck," Johansson said. "I tried to put it five-hole, and it went five-hole, so it was kind of nice. The second one was more of an empty-netter. I don't think I played that well the last couple of games, so I tried to do better today."
"We were not sharp early," Detroit coach Dave Lewis said. "They were a desperate hockey team. They showed that early, and that eventually won the game for them."
Dunham took over after the first period, making 24 saves over the final two sessions, including a stop on Sergei Fedorov with 2 1/2 minutes remaining.
"We got good goaltending," Trotz said. "I thought Mike was really solid for us. I think it was a relief for Mike to play the way he is supposed to play. I expect that every night from Mike."
"I thought we had some outstanding chances," Lewis said. "Especially in the third period, where you think you could get a goal and you are right there, but it didn't happen."