Red Wings Hold On to Beat Predators

The Detroit Red Wings withstood a late comeback by the Nashville Predators Sunday afternoon, holding on for a 4-3 win.

The Red Wings had led 4-0 with half a period remaining but Nashville notched three goals to pull within a shot of tying things.

Special teams led the way as none of the seven goals were scored five-on-five.

Detroit's first goal came on a five-on-three with 8:43 remaining in the first period. Nicklas Lidstrom, playing in his first game after missing six with a leg injury, worked the puck from the top of the left circle down to Henrik Zetterberg in the right circle, who sent it back across to the front of the net for a tip-in by Franzen.

Jiri Hudler scored on another smooth passing play 4:26 later. On another Detroit power play, Valtteri Filppula sent the puck past Hudler to Niklas Kronwall in the crease, who immediately sent it back to Hudler for a one-timer past goalie Chris Mason.

Brad Stuart notched his first goal as a Red Wing with 4:39 left in the second, scoring on a wraparound with the teams skating four aside.

Just 1:06 later, Franzen added a second power play goal, tipping a blast from the blue line by Lidstrom past Mason.

The Predators would begin their comeback in the second half of the final period.

With 8:36 remaining, just after the expiration of the first penalty in a five-on-three, Shea Weber's blast from the high slot went over Dominik Hasek's glove and into the net.

Martin Erat scored Nashville's second with 3:25 remaining, banging in the rebound of a Scott Nichol chance on another power play.

With 1:01 left in regulation and the Nashville net empty for an extra attacker, Jordin Tootoo banged home another lose rebound, pulling the Predators to within a goal.

Detroit held on for the game's final minute to preserve their lead and the victory, their third in a row after winning just one of eleven games.


Notes: Tomas Holmstrom missed the game with a groin injury. He will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine its severity... Brett Lebda was scratched due to illness.

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The Wings go for their third win in a row today and will be doing it with a couple lineup changes.

Valtteri Filppula looks to be able to play today after a leg injury kept him out of Friday's practice but Tomas Holmstrom will be out with a groin injury.

Nicklas Lidstrom could return to the lineup, he'll take the pregame skate and unless there's a setback either Meech or Ericsson will be scratched to make room for him. If he can't go, both of those players will be in, meaning someone else will be a scratch (I'd guess Lilja, as always).

Darren McCarty is with the team but won't play, he's unable to even practice with a rib injury.

I'll be at the game so there probably won't be too many in-game comments from me. Depends on how things go.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/9/2008 at 12:04 PM

 

You're at the game? D: How insulting! I begged for tickets the past four months to go to this game T_T

Oh well, have fun <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Lots of injuries again, oh my.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/9/2008 at 2:46 PM

 

Mickey Redmond tells it how it is with the, "How about playing hockey here?" statement.

Lots of penalties. Franzen converts one of the many calls into a goal <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> Woo!

Radek Bonk may be the coolest name ever <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/9/2008 at 3:29 PM

 

WINGS with opportunities on the Power Play.

Noticed lots of empty seats today.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/9/2008 at 3:37 PM

 

WINGS with opportunities on the Power Play.Noticed lots of empty seats today.


To think I could have been gracing the Joe with my presence then! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> (kidding)Hudler makes it 2-love. Was that a powerplay goal? I wasn't paying attention. Lots of criscrossing across the net. He 'got the monkey off his back'. Coolest phrase ever x]

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/9/2008 at 3:38 PM

 

Kronwall, Filppula and Hudler team up .... Hudler breaks out of the scoreless drought.

Yeahahaha.. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/9/2008 at 3:39 PM

 


WINGS with opportunities on the Power Play.Noticed lots of empty seats today.


To think I could have been gracing the Joe with my presence then! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> (kidding)Hudler makes it 2-love. Was that a powerplay goal? I wasn't paying attention. Lots of criscrossing across the net. He 'got the monkey off his back'. Coolest phrase ever x]

Yeah, I'm thinking there are tickets available. You just have to know where to get them. Too cold lately to go down early and try to pick them up outside JLA before the game.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/9/2008 at 3:41 PM

 

The tickets were a gift so I have no idea exactly when they were purchased.

Wings looked good in the first. Not a lot of chances for Nashville. Power plays helped. Converting on them helped more.

Downey and Tootoo out against each other for one shift and it got chippy. Surprise.

About 75 photos taken so far, no idea what'll turn out.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/9/2008 at 3:53 PM

 

About 75 photos taken so far, no idea what'll turn out.


Awesome <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />I hope there's a fight.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/9/2008 at 4:01 PM

 

Mason is really solid tonight. WE NEED GOALS! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> I wish I was alive when the wings had that, oh...what was it? 15-0 game?

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/9/2008 at 4:24 PM

 

Both goalies looking stellar in the latter half of the 2nd period.

I'm hoping the WINGS consider that a 2-0 lead is one of the hardest leads to maintain.

No break downs here please.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/9/2008 at 4:25 PM

 

Mason is really solid tonight. WE NEED GOALS! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> I wish I was alive when the wings had that, oh...what was it? 15-0 game?


I do recall a 10-0 win against Montreal (Patrick Roy in the nets for the Canadians) in '95. I believe that game was the stimulus to move Roy to Colorado.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/9/2008 at 4:28 PM

 


Mason is really solid tonight. WE NEED GOALS! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> I wish I was alive when the wings had that, oh...what was it? 15-0 game?


I do recall a 10-0 win against Montreal (Patrick Roy in the nets for the Canadians) in '95. I believe that game was the stimulus to move Roy to Colorado.

I've heard about a few like that with Roy. Hmm. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> That story that Redmond told just lightened my spirits. I don't think Hasek would believe he's Gretzky, though.Woo! Stuart! Yay! He was realllly deep out there.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/9/2008 at 4:29 PM

 

No replays here...

Hasek's delay of game penalty seemed deflected and he dove on the inteference call.

Stuart with the goal!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/9/2008 at 4:32 PM

 

closer than it should have been, the last two Nashville goals shouldn't have happened. A win is a win though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/9/2008 at 5:39 PM

 

closer than it should have been, the last two Nashville goals shouldn't have happened. A win is a win though.


Agreed.Did you get nice pictures?

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/9/2008 at 9:26 PM

 

Haven't gone through the pictures yet. Just got done watching the replay.

Corrections on some of my thoughts from watching live... Hasek definitely threw the puck over the glass, but he didn't dive when he got hit. And Hamhuis added a second shot.

The holding call on Kronwall was absolute crap. An evener, since they went both ways throughout the game.

Hasek made some key stops but couldn't control the rebound at important times. I'm not worried about blowing so much of the lead, that's what you build leads for (in games and in the standings). All that matters is that Nashville didn't score that last goal.

The arena was more full than games I went to earlier this season. The two seats next to me were open from the end of the first on, though. I don't know how to convince people who don't really care to stick around for the whole game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/9/2008 at 9:59 PM

 

The arena was more full than games I went to earlier this season. The two seats next to me were open from the end of the first on, though. I don't know how to convince people who don't really care to stick around for the whole game.


I have an idea! They stay at home at watch the games comfortably and leave the seats for people who want to watch it and obsess over every last detail of the play. (And the fact they're in the Joe! Watching rich people play hockey!wink.png I noticed that when I was at the Columbus game last year, too. Lots of people leaving after the first period.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/9/2008 at 10:02 PM

 

For those who aren't subscribed to the multimedia RSS feed, my photos from the game are now up.

http://www.detroitho...date=2008-03-09

49 in total but a couple are just general arena shots that I like to take. Lots of faceoff shots 'cause I was at a good angle for those.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/10/2008 at 11:09 PM

 

My thoughts on this game were that we got lazy in the third. While you can say that some of the calls that were made against the Wings were for no other reason than to even the filed because Nashville was in such trouble.

I think that is crap when things like that happen and the NHL needs to take a hard look at how the officials make calls during the game. Look at what happened with the San Jose game when the puck went up into the netting.

I know in the end that we are good to go on points as we head down the final stretch of the season. However, I don't want to see us embarrassed because of laziness

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/11/2008 at 1:42 PM

 

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