Red Wings Fail to Finish, Fall to Predators

The Detroit Red Wings led the Nashville Predators twice on Thursday night but failed to finish them off, leaving room for the Predators to pick up a 3-2 win.

The Red Wings led in the first and second periods on power play goals by Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg.

Franzen's goal came just 2:49 into the game. After barely holding the puck in at the Nashville blue line, the Wings worked it down low to Franzen. He backed up to the side of the net and backhanded a shot under goalie Chris Mason's arm for his first point of the season.

Zetterberg scored with 1:24 remaining in the second period to give Detroit their second lead. Pavel Datsyuk carried the puck into the Nashville zone and sent a centering pass to Zetterberg in the high slot. Zetterberg faked out defenseman Greg Zanon and rifled a shot past Mason.

Both times the Predators rebouned. Jason Arnott scored from right in front of Dominik Hasek with 7:40 remaining in the first period and Martin Erat evened things up just 32 seconds after Zetterberg's goal, putting a rebound over the sprawling Hasek.

Radek Bonk scored the game-winner on a Nashville power play just 2:22 into the third. A blocked shot stopped right at Bonk's feet in front of the Detroit goal and he roofed a shot over Hasek.

Detroit's power play went two-for-eight in a night that saw the teams combine for 44 penalty minutes. Nashville was one-for-seven with the extra attacker.

Hasek stopped 26 of 29 shots in his first start in three games. Mason made 28 stops on 30 Detroit shots.

The Red Wings return to the ice on Saturday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets to close out a stretch of nine-straight games against Central Division opponents.


Notes: Matt Ellis left the game with what the Red Wings' PR staff described as a headache.

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<img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" /> Can't wait for the game! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> 8 more min. till the pregame!!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 11/22/2007 at 7:23 PM

 

I can't wait to see the attendance numbers for this game. A hockey game on Thanksgiving Day, basically a football day, in the state of Tennessee.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/22/2007 at 8:11 PM

 

Holy hell, the Preds are getting crazy penalties.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/22/2007 at 8:27 PM

 

Huge kill by the Preds. I hope not scoring there doesn't come back to bite the Wings in the ass.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/22/2007 at 8:32 PM

 

Well, there we go. Evened back up. I'm not sure that I can blame Hasek on it but I want to.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/22/2007 at 8:37 PM

 

He looked shaky doing it but Dom finally made a big stop. Maybe that's the start of him snapping out of it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/22/2007 at 9:30 PM

 

What a goal by Zetterberg. Imporant this late in the period.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/22/2007 at 9:40 PM

 

And Erat ties it up with Hasek unable to stand up. I'm telling you, Osgood doesn't fall down to make that first stop so he's still standing to stop the rebound chance.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/22/2007 at 9:43 PM

 

Preds with a PPG, that drought wasn't going to last forever.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/22/2007 at 10:06 PM

 

This end has been as odd as you can get. What a clusterf*ck.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/22/2007 at 10:39 PM

 

I'm so sick of Hasek flopping down for every single shot on goal. I give him the right to do that when there is a frenzy around the net, but not on a shot from the blue line. Osgood has badly outplayed Hasek this season and deserves to start. Im guessing the only reason he didnt start was because of him playing last night in St. Louis, but honestly, it seems to be that nearly every Detroit loss has come with the start of the Groininator.

Posted by choyer on 11/22/2007 at 11:54 PM

 

I want to blame Hasek for tonight's loss but I can't. The flop/rebound goal I blame him on but the rest of the game was a team effort. The Wings looked tired tonight. Not a surprise since they played last night (and travelled) and Nashville didn't (thanks, NHL schedulers).

This one seems to fall more under the "Detroit is playing better in front of Osgood right now" arguement that Bill made over at A2Y than the "Hasek is a wack-job who's lost it" idea.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2007 at 12:09 AM

 

I'm so sick of Hasek flopping down for every single shot on goal. I give him the right to do that when there is a frenzy around the net, but not on a shot from the blue line. Osgood has badly outplayed Hasek this season and deserves to start. Im guessing the only reason he didnt start was because of him playing last night in St. Louis, but honestly, it seems to be that nearly every Detroit loss has come with the start of the Groininator.


Haha ... right on! Couldn't have said it better myself. To be honest, the most memorable play (PREDATOR goal) that stands out in my mind about this game, was NASHVILLE's second goal to tie it up --- DOM flat on his back, head towards goal line, legs wide open, and the PREDATOR to the right of the net( his name escapes me right now) flipping a rebound (or maybe it was a direct passs) over top of the prone DOM into a wide open net .... WTF? From the angle I watched this play, I can't, for the life of me, understand, or justify, why DOM was flat on his back, in that fashion, at that moment in time. Am I missing something here? Can someone explain that for me? Thanks ..... <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/mad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":mad:" border="0" alt="mad.gif" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 11/23/2007 at 2:06 AM

 

It was Martin Erat who was wide open for the rebound attempt. Granted, it is the defensemen's job to keep the puck away from Erat, but Hasek still should not have been lying down. Hasek has been around forever, and opposing players aren't brain dead, they know that they have to go top shelf on him to score, so I'm thinking his days are numbered in Detroit, as well as in the NHL in general.


Osgood changed his style after coming back to Detroit, making himself larger in goal and trying to stand up more so than kneeling down. This style change seems to have elevated his play immensely. I think with the skill of players these days, goal tenders have to be as large as possible in the net, and Hasek as we all know, only covers down low, making it super easy for the shooter to light the lamp.


In my opinion, Osgood should be the non-questioned starter until a better option comes along, and Jimmy Howard should be trusted as the backup. Hasek is basically hindering Howard from gaining NHL experience, it's time for him to step down and let the youthful players pick up where he left off.

Posted by choyer on 11/23/2007 at 4:39 PM

 

I think that Howard has nothing to gain from being a backup in the NHL this season. He needs to be more consistant and he won't learn that without playing time, which he can get in GR. I've said before but I think that next season he'll be up, splitting time in the crease with Osgood.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2007 at 7:38 PM

 

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