Red Wings' Winning Streak Ends in Nashville

The Detroit Red Wings' winning streak ended at four games Saturday night as they dropped a 3-1 decision to the Nashville Predators. The win clinched Nashville's victory in the season series between the two teams.

The Predators scored three consecutive goals to pick up the win after Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the first period.

Blake Geoffrion tipped a Patric Hornqvist pass past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard from inside the crease at 8:42 of the second period to get Nashville on the board.

At 8:12 of the third period, Jonathan Ericsson blocked a Hornqvist shot but the puck bounced right to Jonathon Blum, who beat Howard for a power play goal and a 2-1 lead.

David Legwand added an empty net goal in the game's final moments.

Detroit's lone goal came with 22 seconds remaining in the first, when Danny Cleary tipped a pass from Henrik Zetterberg past Pekka Rinne, a power play goal.

The Red Wings thought they had opened the game's scoring on a previous power play when Niklas Kronwall fired a shot past Rinne but it was called back for goaltender interference on Tomas Holmstrom.

Detroit went one-for-three on the power play while Nashville scored on one of two chances.

Howard stopped 36 of 38 shots against on the night. Rinne made 39 saves on 40 shots.


Notes: Detroit was without Pavel Datsyuk (lower body injury), Johan Franzen (unspecified injury), Jiri Hudler (flu) and Ruslan Salei (family leave). Due to the scratches, they played with only eleven forwards, seventeen skaters total.

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Looks like the Wings are going to be extra shorthanded in Nashville tonight.

Ruslan Salei remains out, in California with his family. Pavel Datsyuk is out with a "lower body injury" suffered against Columbus on Thursday. Johan Franzen is out either after being "bumped" on Thursday or with the flu. Jiri Hudler is sick. Todd Bertuzzi is having back trouble.

Jimmy Howard will backstop the depleted squad.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2011 at 7:15 PM

 

Hard hitting game. Did we just lose Abdlekader to an illegal hit?

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/19/2011 at 8:19 PM

 

Abs was back but Legwand just hit Lidstrom late.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2011 at 8:24 PM

 

WTF was that? Are you kidding me? No call?

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/19/2011 at 8:26 PM

 

Nick for the Norris... Anyone???

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/19/2011 at 8:30 PM

 

Horsesh*t call to bring back the goal. Nice to see the Wings get it back. If the Preds are gonna keep being stupid, Detroit has to take advantage.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2011 at 8:46 PM

 

Go figure Jomer would get screwed... Again...

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/19/2011 at 8:56 PM

 

Every replay of that called off goal p*sses me off. Combined with how physical of a game this has been, it's not going to be good for my blood pressure tonight.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2011 at 8:58 PM

 

Patrick Eaves is insane. Blocking that shot... Wow.

And Jimmy is really on tonight.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2011 at 9:14 PM

 

Just saying, Nashville's guy was in the crease.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2011 at 9:19 PM

 

Why can't the Wings have this level of energy more often than they have?

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/19/2011 at 9:21 PM

 

Nashville with the better period in the second. Wings need to turn it back up, they let down a little.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2011 at 9:49 PM

 

Who didn't see that coming? Bad feeling here.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2011 at 10:14 PM

 

First power play shift was decent. Second shift has been a mess.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2011 at 10:32 PM

 

Well that's some sh*t. I'm gonna ignore this one until I'm not bitter anymore.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2011 at 10:40 PM

 

I have a theory that if we could get into the NHL files we would find a memo that clearly states: Screw the Wings any way possible....

Posted by OldBroad on 3/20/2011 at 7:40 PM

 
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