Red Wings Hold Off Predators for Fifth Win in a Row

The Detroit Red Wings fended off a late comeback attempt by the Nashville Predators Tuesday night en route to their fifth consecutive win after losing five-straight games.

Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa each scored to give the Red Wings an early 3-0 lead but the Predators battled back to 3-2 and 4-3 before Datsyuk added an empty-net goal to wrap up the game.

The Wings threw 27 shots at Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne in the first period, setting a new franchise record for the opening frame of a game. With a 51-shot total on the game, it was the fourth time in franchise history that the Red Wings have taken at least 50 shots on the Predators. No other team has done it once.

Zetterberg opened the game's scoring 5:02 into the game, lifting the rebound of a Brian Rafalski shot over Rinne.

Datsyuk stretched the Wings' lead to 2-0 with 9:43 left in the first, scoring on a snap-shot from the top of the left faceoff circle on a Detroit power play.

At 4:18 of the second, Hossa scored from the left circle on another Red Wings' man-advantage.

Radek Bonk deflected a long Jason Arnott shot 1:12 later for a Nashville power play goal and Joel Ward scored on a rebound with 8:37 left in the middle frame to pull the Predators to within a goal.

Zetterberg added a second goal just 3:10 into the third, putting a backhander over Rinne's shoulder after being sprung by a long pass by Rafalski.

Ward pulled the Predators back in it with 9:24 left, pushing past Rafalski and cutting across the crease to beat netminder Ty Conklin.

Datsyuk's empty-net goal came with 12 seconds left in the game.

Conklin stopped 18 of 21 shots against. Rinne made 46 saves on 50 shots.

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That was a really strange. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/flagusa.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":flagusa:" border="0" alt="flagusa.gif" /> Yay Zetterberg.

1-0.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 2/10/2009 at 8:16 PM

 

Lucky bounce and great positioning, Zata puts home a rebound goal to put the Wings on the board.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/10/2009 at 8:17 PM

 

Cleary with a great screen and Datsyuk with the strong shot. PPG. 2-0.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/10/2009 at 8:28 PM

 

Another PPG, this one by Hossa.

I feel like it's going to get bad soon, gotta hold onto this.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/10/2009 at 9:11 PM

 

Yep, saw that coming. Damn.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/10/2009 at 9:14 PM

 

We're they chanting "Hey! You suck!" Or was I imagining that. Well, hate to break it to them. But they should check the jumbotron and the standings and then continue chanting <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Another Nashville powerplay, lame.

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I mean, it's nice the crowd's into the game. But how can the Wings suck when they have the lead? GET SOME CLASS.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 2/10/2009 at 9:16 PM

 

I always connect the "[insert name here] You Suck!" chants with college games. I expect more class at NHL games. That said, I have no problem with chanting a guy's name without the additional insult.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/10/2009 at 9:21 PM

 

And the Preds get another. Damnit, knew this would get bad.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/10/2009 at 9:27 PM

 

Wings never got set up on the first 3/4 of the power play to end the period. Puck bouncing all over the place. Ugh.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/10/2009 at 9:42 PM

 

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

4-2. I'm kinda surprised that went in, but I'm not complaining.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 2/10/2009 at 10:04 PM

 

Seemed like a soft goal for Rinne to give up but it was a hell of a pass from Raffy and a hell of a shot from Zata.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/10/2009 at 10:05 PM

 

Real solid PK right there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/10/2009 at 10:10 PM

 

Oh damn, that was nice. Haven't seen a Wing get burned like that in awhile. Ugh.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/10/2009 at 10:15 PM

 

Wings are worrying me here at the end.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/10/2009 at 10:30 PM

 

Datsyuk with the ENG, this one's in the bag. Whew.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/10/2009 at 10:34 PM

 
Henrik Zetterberg takes a faceoff

Henrik Zetterberg takes a faceoff
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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