Injured Red Wings Earn Shootout Win over Predators

The Detroit Red Wings were missing several of their regulars but still managed to pick up a 4-3 shootout win over the Nashville Predators Tuesday night.

Without Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom, Mikael Samuelsson, and Dan Cleary, it fell to Johan Franzen to be the shootout hero, scoring in the fourth round to put the Red Wings out in front. Chris Osgood stopped Martin Erat to preserve the victory.

In the first round of the tiebreaker, Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit. Paul Kariya evened things in the second round.

Nashville forced the shootout with 8:18 remaining in regulation on a goal by Greg Zanon. Zanon floated a shot on net from the left point that went through a three-player screen and hit Osgood's arm, bouncing off his shoulder and just across the goal line.

The Red Wings had opened the scoring 4:23 into the game when Pavel Datsyuk broke down the right wing and cut to the net, lifting a shot from in close over Nashville netminder Tomas Vokoun's shoulder and into the top of the net.

The Predators replied with 4:52 remaining in the period on a power play, when a Paul Kariya shot from the right circle trickled through Osgood's pads and Erat jumped up to poke it into the net.

Jason Arnott one-timed a blast past Osgood at 5:11 of the second period to give the Predators their only lead of the game.

Two goals in 25 seconds put Detroit back out in front.

With 7:30 remaining in the period, Robert Lang put the rebound of a Mathieu Schneider shot past Vokoun with the Red Wings on the power play.

Just seconds later, Lang sprung Schneider free to break up the middle of the ice all alone and wrist a shot past Vokoun, his 200th career goal.

Vokoun finished the game with 32 saves on the 35 shots he faced. Osgood made 24 saves on 27 shots against.

Each team scored once on the power play. Nashville had three tries with the extra skater while Detroit had five, including a long five-on-three in the first period that they couldn't score on.

The shootout win means the Red Wings gain one point on the Predators in the Central Division standings, putting them one point back with a game in hand. The two teams will face each other three more times this season, including a home-and-home next week.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Friday when they host the Los Angeles Kings.

Notes: The win was coach Mike Babcock's 100th with the Red Wings.

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Odd first 10 minutes or so tonight. Wings start on their heels but Datsyuk gets them on the board first with one of those goals where he seems to say "This is going in the net now." and it just does. I think Mickey called it "magic" or something similar.

Then they go and blow a long 5-on-3. Part of that is that Lang sucks right now. How many times does he miss the net or lose the puck on a power play?

Draper continues to be unable to finish, missing a wide open net.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/6/2007 at 7:55 PM


I think it's time to trade those two...

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/6/2007 at 8:36 PM


Ha! Every time I bitch about Lang, he comes through. <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

And Schneider with a beautiful goal for his 200th to give Detroit the lead.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/6/2007 at 8:59 PM


<img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> Too many lapses by the Wings in their own end. Kariya is out of control!

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/6/2007 at 9:57 PM


Yeah, they're looking like the ones at the end of a 5-game road trip, not Nashville.

We go to overtime. Best Detroit can do is come out one point back of the Preds. Worst is 3 points back. Hope they don't blow the opportunity completely.

Got a bit nuts at the end of OT there, just started looking like the Wings were waking up. Now it's anyone's game in the gimmick round.

Aww damn, sudden death SO.

Holy sh*t! Who knew Franzen had moves like that?! And Ozzie comes up big on the last shot. <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/6/2007 at 10:22 PM


WOWser OZZie -- came up big --- <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> A nail biter it was from about the last half of the third --- The Preds didn't have a shot until the 9:30 mark of the third and ends up outshooting the Wings in the final perioed ...............AND ...... I had to close my eyes a couple of times in OT. <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":P" border="0" alt="tongue.png" /> Wierd game, lots of chances for the Wings to WIN it too.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/6/2007 at 10:39 PM


Ozzie sounded pretty p*ssed in the postgame interview. Was "preturbed" by Nashville's third goal, talking about how the Wings had three shots off the post and then the Preds turn around and put a shot through a screen like that, off his arm, and in. Said "if there had been any backspin..."

Also mentioned that he tried to cheat on Kariya 'cause he knew he was going high-glove and still got beat.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/6/2007 at 10:52 PM


We all know how I feel about Kariya, but come on Ozzie! He has been using the same shot in the shootout forever, get some tapes and learn his moves! Arrrrrghh! Oh well it was a crazy third period and the way things were looking I was pretty sure we would blow it some how. Nice to walk away only one point back. We should be able to pick up four in the next two games

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/7/2007 at 8:07 AM


Actually, Ozzie said he knew the move Kariya was going to use, he just still couldn't stop it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/7/2007 at 9:03 AM


I find it amuzing that Detroit's "bench" now has a better record in shootouts than their starting shootout players. good work by the wings!

Posted by choyer on 3/7/2007 at 7:36 PM


Knowing and stopping are two different things! Good game, it was a nail bitter till the end!

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/8/2007 at 8:52 PM


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