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.
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.