Red Wings Fall to Predators in Rescheduled Matchup

The Detroit Red Wings scored the same number of goals as the Nashville Predators on Monday night but came away from the game with a loss in what is likely an NHL first.

The Predators started the game ahead by a goal, having been credited for the goal that Greg Johnson scored on November 21 before that game was postponed when Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench.

Johnson's goal, with assists to Ryan Suter and Scottie Upshall, was the only statistic retained from the postponed game. Upshall's assist becomes an interesting statistic, as he did not play in the rescheduled game and is not currently on the Nashville roster, having been assigned to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

Although approximately seven minutes remained in the first period that night, the clock was reset for the makeup matchup.

The Predators scored the game's first true goal to take a 2-0 lead at 3:56 of the first period. Steve Sullivan took a long pass from Danny Markov to start a breakaway into the Detroit zone before beating Red Wings' goalie Manny Legace between the legs.

The Red Wings responded just 40 seconds into the second period with a power play goal just seconds after a five-on-three advantage ended.

Robert Lang flipped a rebound shot on net that seemed to bounce off the padding inside the net and back out. In the flurry that followed, Pavel Datsyuk put another rebound off Nashville netminder Tomas Vokoun and in.

Lang was credited with the goal after the first review but that was later overturned and Datsyuk's goal was left standing.

Just 4:35 later, the Red Wings evened the game with another power play goal. With the teams skating four-on-three, Mathieu Schneider fired a one-timer from the top of the right circle that beat Vokoun.

At 9:30 of the period, the Predators pulled back ahead when Scott Hartnell tipped a shot from the point by Kimmo Timonen past Legace with Nashville on the power play.

After a scoreless second half of the game, Hartnell's goal stood up as the game-winner.

Detroit went two-for-nine on the power play and stopped six of Nashville's seven chances with the man-advantage, including one five-on-three. Detroit had two five-on-three opportunities on the night.

Legace faced only 14 shots on the night, making 12 saves. Vokoun turned aside 39 of the 41 shots he faced.

The Red Wings and Predators will meet again Tuesday night, also in Detroit.

Notes: The game originally scheduled to be played in Nashville in place of this game has been rescheduled for March 30... Henrik Zetterberg returned to the Detroit lineup after missing two games with a hip flexor... The Predators are now just one point behind the Red Wings for first place in the Central Division.

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Guys this one is for Fish!!! So far we have only showed our ass, We need to capitalize on this 5 on 3

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/23/2006 at 8:13 PM


I'll be damned if the Wings haven't been buzzing since the start of the second. Hopefully they've put that crappy first period behind them.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2006 at 8:37 PM


DAMN!!! Stevie was so close... We need to take control of the puck and get some shots on net! <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/23/2006 at 8:56 PM


I'd probably be saying the opposite if the scores were switched, but I really hate it when the puck just gets covered along the boards at the end of the game. Don't even get a chance to score and it's not like the defense is even trying to play the puck, they're just killing the clock.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2006 at 9:59 PM


Tape to Tape passes would be a great place to start!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/24/2006 at 6:54 PM


Time for payback, after all it is for Fish

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/24/2006 at 6:55 PM


I'm going to merge this thread with the first one and make it a Wings-Preds extravaganza thread.

This time around, the Wings need to get better shots. They took a lot of them yesterday but not of a high quality. Shots from the outside that were easy to stop. Couldn't get open in the slot enough.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/24/2006 at 7:12 PM


Legace's looking pretty good tonight, hope he keeps it up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/24/2006 at 8:03 PM


Scratch what I said about Legace.

It's called a poke-check, Manny, try it some time instead of letting guys skate right in on you.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/24/2006 at 10:03 PM


And if it is not insult to injury with losing both games it is the fact that blank blank Kariya scored the game winner <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" /> <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":cursing:" border="0" alt="cursing.gif" /> <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":cursing:" border="0" alt="cursing.gif" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/24/2006 at 10:17 PM


Detroit really needs to start capatilizing on their opportunities (powerplays, odd-man rushes, etc.) It's tough to watch them outshoot a team 41-14 like Monday night and fail to win.

Posted by cfoster16 on 1/26/2006 at 2:11 PM


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