Red Wings Rally for 4-3 Overtime Win in Nashville

The Detroit Red Wings scored four consecutive goals Saturday afternoon, turning a 3-0 deficit to the Nashville Predators into a 4-3 overtime win.

Danny Cleary deflected a Brian Rafalski shot from the point past Pekka Rinne at 2:58 of the overtime period, giving the Red Wings the win.

Jakub Kindl started Detroit's rally at 3:28 of the second period when his shot from the left point found its way through traffic and past Rinne to get the Red Wings on the board.

Justin Abdelkader made it 3-2 just 1:21 later, deflecting a Brad Stuart shot over Rinne's shoulder from in the slot.

Abdelkader scored again at 3:59 of the third period. Todd Bertuzzi threw the puck to the front of the net and Abdelkader broke free to poke it past Rinne, tying the game up.

The Red Wings thought they had opened the game's scoring with 3:44 left in the first but Nicklas Lidstrom's power play goal was called back when Tomas Holmstrom elbowed Rinne in the mask as the puck went past them.

Ryan Suter put a shot from the high slot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard with one minute left in the first period and the Predators on a five-on-three to give Nashville a 1-0 lead.

Just 1:42 into the second, Martin Erat added another power play goal to make it 2-0. Erat tipped a Shea Weber shot past Howard for the goal.

Sergei Kostitsyn blasted a shot past Howard to make it 3-0 just 55 seconds later. Mike Fisher's shot wide of the net deflected off the back boards to Kostitsyn, who put it in before Howard could get in position.

Howard stopped 31 of the 34 shots he faced, including making a post-to-post save on Joel Ward midway through the third period to preserve the 3-3 tie. Rinne stopped 37 of 41 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings finished the afternoon scoreless on three power play opportunities while Nashville went two-for-eight, including one-for-three on five-on-threes.

Detroit is next in action on Sunday hosting the Minnesota Wild.

Notes: The Red Wings clinched their twentieth consecutive playoff berth with the win.

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Looking to rebound from a pathetic 10-3 loss on Wednesday to the St. Louis Blues, the Red Wings visit the Nashville Predators for an afternoon game today.

It's the last game of the regular season between the two teams and Nashville leads the series 4-1.

Jimmy Howard will return to the Detroit crease but Pavel Datsyuk did not join the team on their trip, despite reports earlier in the week that he would play.

It's a 3:00 PM start time on FSD.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2011 at 9:32 AM


O'Brien gets Abs yapping at him, then Bert wailing away on him. He's p*ssed people off.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2011 at 3:15 PM


Absolute horsesh*t call. What a f*cking joke.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2011 at 3:41 PM


After one, not many surprises. FSD crew caught a Homer elbow to Rinne on the called back goal. I'm fine with that but then why no call when Dumont was bumping Howard at the other end?

Great to see the Wings playing physical but they've gotta score to make it matter.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2011 at 3:56 PM


Ok bitches... Now it's 2 to 3!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/2/2011 at 4:27 PM


What the f*ck was that? Drapes is cut and gets the gate? f*ck these refs to death!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/2/2011 at 4:29 PM


Ericsson needs to utilize that body of his and run someone over.

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/2/2011 at 4:32 PM


Abdelkader with another! Great shot up top.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2011 at 5:09 PM


Jimmy with a huge save. Proving he came to play, too.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2011 at 5:17 PM


A point in a game where the Wings trailed 3-0? I'll take it. I want another though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2011 at 5:37 PM


Hell. Mother. f*cking. Yes.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2011 at 5:43 PM


That game didn't go the way I wanted it however, I'll take the two points and a guaranteed spot in the playoffs. There were some questionable calls and I want to know why Homer will always get the call and Howie gets the shaft. As Larry pointed out in the intermission, the hit on Erat was legal because Abdelkader's elbows and stick were down yet he gets the gate. I'm tired of bad calls dictating the flow and outcome of the game.

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/2/2011 at 9:05 PM

Justin Abdelkader

Justin Abdelkader
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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