Datsyuk Lifts Red Wings Past Predators

Pavel Datsyuk scored with 5.8 seconds remaining in regulation Friday night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators for their twenty-second consecutive home victory.

The win extends Detroit's own record for the most wins in a row at home in a single season and ties the record set across two seasons by the 1929-30 and 1930-31 Boston Bruins.

The Red Wings won an offensive-zone faceoff with fifteen seconds remaining but the puck came out to neutral ice, where Nicklas Lidstrom picked it up and sent a pass to Henrik Zetterberg on the left wing boards. Zetterberg got to the puck and spun to send it back across to Datsyuk, who faked around defenseman Ryan Suter and snapped a shot over the glove of goaltender Pekka Rinne.

It was the second point of the night for Datsyuk, as he assisted on the game's opening goal.

With 7:16 left in the first period, Datsyuk carried the puck down the left wing into the Nashville end and turned away from defender Shea Weber, losing an edge and sliding into the boards. From his stomach, Datsyuk sent a pass through Weber to Todd Bertuzzi, who carried the puck to the bottom of the left circle and fed Johan Franzen in the slot for a shot past Rinne.

Nick Spaling scored the Predators' lone goal of the game. With 5:02 left in the second, Jordin Tootoo took the puck from Detroit defender Jakub Kindl in the left corner and sent it to Spaling alone in the slot for a shot past netminder Joey MacDonald, tying the game.

MacDonald stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced in picking up his fifth consecutive win. Rinne stopped 29 of 31 Detroit shots.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, with the Red Wings having only one chance with the extra attacker and the Predators having two.

The Red Wings close out their six-game homestand on Sunday when they host the San Jose Sharks.

Notes: The assist on Datsyuk's game-winning goal was the 600th point of Zetterberg's career... Zetterberg had been expected to miss the game with a knee injury suffered against Dallas on Tuesday. Tomas Tatar was called up to take his place in the lineup but Zetterberg was able to play... Jimmy Howard and Danny Cleary remained out of the lineup, with Cleary having been placed on short-term injured reserved to make room for Tatar... Mike Commodore was a healthy scratch.

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The Red Wings look to stretch their record home winning streak to 22 games tonight against the Nashville Predators.

Detroit will be without Danny Cleary and Jimmy Howard, neither of whom is ready to return from their respective injuries.

Henrik Zetterberg could also be out, as he suffered a knee injury on Tuesday against Dallas. He wasn't expected to play tonight and Tomas Tatar was called up but Zetterberg skated this morning and will be a game-time decision. If he's in, Tatar is out and back to Grand Rapids, otherwise Tatar is in on the fourth line with Justin Abdelkader centering the second line.

Joey MacDonald gets the start in goal.

Game time is 7:30 on FS+. I'll join this one in progress as I've got a 6:30 soccer game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/17/2012 at 5:22 PM


Wings' most dominant shift in awhile. Can't believe it didn't lead to a goal or a penalty.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/17/2012 at 9:39 PM


Ladies and gentlemen... Pavel Datsyuk.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/17/2012 at 9:59 PM


I haven't gotten to see alot of games this season but I saw the end tonight. Wow. Those guys are pretty incredible.

Posted by pasha13 on 2/18/2012 at 12:22 AM


Hello Everyone,

I hope someone can help me. I live in Wisconsin, and my two sons ages 8 and 10 are huge RW fans. We finally scored some nice tickets and my wife and I took them to a game. Our time in Detroit was absolutely magical. We all had the time of our lives, and to see the look on my kids' faces was unforgettable. To top it off, a young lady that worked for the RW came over to my kids and dragged them over to the tunnel at the end of the game. My wife and I looked at each other puzzled. Well, Joey Ford and Pavel Datsuyk signed a stick and handed it up to our kids!! We were all in shock, and the kids were beaming!! I couldn't wait to get home to see the game that I DVR'd. Well, to my dismay, for some reason my DVR kicked off right at the buzzer after the 3rd period. I know that my kids were on TV receiving the sticks, but I don't have any record of it. This is killing me. Does anyone know how I can get a copy of this game? If anyone could help, I would be extremely grateful.

Thank you,

Jeff G.

Mukwonago, WI

Posted by Wisconsin Wings Fan on 2/23/2012 at 2:57 PM


I can't speak for anyone else, but unfortunately I already deleted the game from my DVR and when I captured the video for the GWG, I stopped at the next faceoff.

I have no idea if they'd be able to do anything for you, but I'd try contacting Fox Sports Detroit directly (http://www.foxsports...m/pages/contact) and see if you can get the video straight from the source.

Good luck.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/23/2012 at 4:33 PM

Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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