Red Wings Fall Behind in Series with Loss to Predators

A late goal by Henrik Zetterberg wasn't enough for the Detroit Red Wings to get out of a hole they dug for themselves early, as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Nashville Predators in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series between the two teams.

The Predators took a 2-1 lead in the series with the win, regaining the home-ice advantage that Detroit had taken with their Game Two win in Nashville.

Nashville opened the game's scoring just 2:48 into the game, with Detroit forward Drew Miller off for goaltender interference. Andrei Kostitsyn knocked a shot in on Red Wings' netminder Jimmy Howard from the low slot, then pushed defenseman Brad Stuart into the crease. Howard made the stop but couldn't get in position to pick up the rebound chance by Shea Weber.

The Predators extended the lead at 3:50 of the second period. Kevin Klein broke through the Detroit defense and got in on Howard while being hooked by Stuart, snapping a shot over Howard's glove to make it 2-0.

Pavel Datsyuk got the Red Wings on the board with 4:57 left in the middle period. Datsyuk stripped the puck from Roman Josi behind the Nashville net and snuck it in around goalie Pekka Rinne's pad.

Nashville regained the two-goal lead with 3:30 left in the third period. After the Red Wings kept up pressure for most of the period, the Predators finally took advantage of a Niklas Kronwall pinch and got an odd-man rush that saw Sergei Kostitsyn snap a shot past Howard.

Zetterberg closed out the game's scoring, snapping a shot from the right circle past Rinne with the Red Wings skating six-on-five.

The Zetterberg goal was Detroit's lone power play marker, while Weber's was the only one for Nashville. Each team had four tries with the extra attacker.

Rinne stopped 41 of 43 shots in the win. Howard made 19 saves on 22 shots.

The two teams will meet for Game Four in Detroit on Tuesday.

Notes: The Red Wings thought they had tied the game in the final second of the second period, when Johan Franzen knocked home a rebound chance from the slot but replay showed that time expired before the puck crossed the goal line.

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The Red Wings come back home for Game Three in control of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with the Predators by having managed a split of the first two games in Nashville.

They won't be able to relax, though, as the pressure now sits on Detroit to hold serve at home. The next two games are close to "must-win" for the Wings, as a loss on home ice undoes everything they did in Nashville and forces them to win at least one more on the road.

Ice conditions at Joe Louis Arena are expected to be less than perfect, as the Joe hosted a concert last night and we've got warm, wet weather today. Al Sobotka has his work cut out for him.

The Red Wings are expecting no lineup changes. Ian White did not practice yesterday with a sore foot after blocking a shot in Game Two but is supposed to be ready to go today.

The Predators want defenseman Hal Gill back but he didn't practice again on Saturday and head coach Barry Trotz is mum on his status for today.

Game time is 12:00 PM on NBC.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/15/2012 at 10:26 AM


It's an afternoon game on NBC and you expect a win?

Posted by catmandu on 4/15/2012 at 11:15 AM


From Malik...

So Tootoo and Ellis are in for Nashville, Halischuk and Hillen are out, Gill is still out and the Wings have no changes...

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/15/2012 at 12:18 PM


Wings got a little bit better but, not surprisingly, an awful start has them down 1-0.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/15/2012 at 1:04 PM


Wings don't even look like they care. f*cking joke.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/15/2012 at 1:26 PM


Pasha with a smart, smart play. Josi and Rinne caught sleeping.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/15/2012 at 1:47 PM


So I already tweeted about this but here's something horrifying.

Wings seemingly score but the clock runs out. Absolutely the right call there. But go back to the previous faceoff. Whistle blew for the penalty with about 12.0 seconds left, faceoff happened with 10.9 seconds left. Those extra ticks added to the clock at the faceoff would have given time for the goal to count.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/15/2012 at 2:06 PM


Wings could really use a power play right now. All the momentum.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/15/2012 at 2:40 PM


Is this life? Zata on what I thought was a joke power play.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/15/2012 at 2:50 PM


Is this life? Zata on what I thought was a joke power play.

Regarding this game, I just want to say BS.

Posted by OldBroad on 4/15/2012 at 2:53 PM

Henrik Zetterberg

Henrik Zetterberg
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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