Wings Close Regular Season with Loss to Preds

The Detroit Red Wings, having already clinched the NHL's best regular season record, ended their schedule on a low note Tuesday, dropping a 6-3 decision to the Nashville Predators.

Four goals in the second period helped propel the Predators to the victory.

Detroit had opened the scoring when Kris Draper scored off a Mark Mowers rebound with 6:19 remaining in the first period but Nashville scored the next six goals.

Early in the second period, after an apparent power play goal by Paul Kariya was called back, the Predators went on the first of a series of five-on-three power plays that led to two goals.

Kariya scored at 4:29 to put the Predators on the board, rifling a one-timer off of Detroit goalie Chris Osgood's glove and into the net.

Just 21 seconds later, Martin Erat deflected a shot by Shea Weber to give Nashville the lead.

At 9:45, Kariya scored his second of the night on a two-on-one rush, getting a pass from David Legwand. With 3:57 remaining in the period, their roles were reversed as Legwand scored the Predators' fourth goal.

Kariya completed his hat trick on another odd-man rush at 1:40 of the third period and Mike Sillinger added another goal 1:31 later.

With 5:07 remaining in the final period, Mikael Samuelsson deflected a shot by Mathieu Schneider for a Detroit power play goal.

Detroit finished the game's scoring with 2:10 remaining when a Jason Williams shot deflected off a Nashville defenseman and past goalie Chris Mason for another power play goal.

Both teams finished the night two-for-seven on the power play.

Osgood stopped 24 of the 30 shots he faced in net for Detroit while Mason made 30 saves on 33 shots for Nashville.

The Red Wings will return to the ice on Friday night when they host the Edmonton Oilers in the first game of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Well, the Preds sure are getting a lot of power plays to start the game. Interesting, considering how much Tootoo was throwing himself at people who didn't have the puck just a couple minutes ago.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2006 at 8:26 PM


Holy crap, Nashville just got screwed with that no-goal. Looks like they're getting some help to make up for it, with the 5-on-3s.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2006 at 9:08 PM


Well, Kariya can't bitch anymore since the 5-on-3s (and their associated goals) wouldn't have happened if his first goal had counted. Something tells me the Preds would prefer a 2-1 lead to a 1-1 tie.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2006 at 9:15 PM


Well this game was complete crap! I know that we wern't concerned since we have the NHL on lockdown, but at the same time let's not embarrass ourselves either. I guess since it has been over a month since we had an upset we were due. So better to get it out of the way now, Did I mention that I really hate Paul Kariya? I am not ready for the season to be over so we really need to bring it together and go out on top. We owe that much to Stevie

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/18/2006 at 11:23 PM


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