Predators Down Red Wings in OT to Pull Even in Standings

The Nashville Predators scored twice in the game’s final 3:15, bouncing back to earn an overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Nashville’s gaining of a point on Detroit pulls the two teams even atop the Western Conference standings.

With 1:04 remaining in regulation and the Nashville net empty, Paul Kariya deflected a long shot by Dan Hamhuis past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood to tie the game.

Kariya threaded a pass from the right circle through the legs of defender Niklas Kronwall to Peter Forsberg to tap in the game-winning goal from the edge of the crease at 2:11 of the overtime period.

The former Duck also scored Nashville’s first goal with 1:54 remaining in the first period, slipping through the left circle and wristing a quick shot on net that beat Osgood to the short side.

Tomas Holmstrom scored the first of his three power play goals to pull the Red Wings even just 38 seconds into the second, banging the rebound of a Nicklas Lidstrom shot over Predators’ netminder Tomas Vokoun.

Holmstrom would put Detroit out in front 1:49 later with the Red Wings on a two-man advantage, tipping a shot by Mathieu Schneider into the net.

Detroit-area native David Legwand re-tied the game with 8:56 remaining in the middle period, taking a long pass from Marek Zidlicky at the Detroit blue line and breaking in to push a backhander past Osgood.

Holmstrom’s hat-trick goal gave the Red Wings a short-lived late-game lead. After being cross-checked from behind at the front of the crease, Holmstrom got up just in time to pick the puck up as it bounced off the back boards and stuff it home with 5:08 remaining.

The Predators were held off the board on three power play chances while Holmstrom’s three power play goals on seven Detroit tries weren’t enough for the win.

Osgood stopped 25 of 29 shots against. Vokoun made 41 saves on 44 shots.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Tuesday when they visit Chicago in the first game of a home-and-home with the Blackhawks.

Four Second-Period Goals Lead Red Wings over Predators

The Detroit Red Wings scored four times in the second period Wednesday night, completing a come-from-behind victory over the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators.

With the Red Wings trailing 2-1 entering the middle frame, Henrik Zetterberg spun through the right circle and put a backhander through Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun and into the net just 1:32 in.

The goal was Zetterberg’s second of the night and the second questionable goal Vokoun gave up, leading to his early exit as Chris Mason replaced him in the Nashville crease.

Dan Hamhuis put the Predators back out in front just 53 seconds later with a long wrist shot that evaded defenders and attacking forwards alike before slipping past Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek.

With 7:38 remaining in the period and the Red Wings on a power play that saw them in full control of the puck, Pavel Datsyuk threaded a pass to Nicklas Lidstrom in the slot to redirect the puck past Mason and even things up again.

Jiri Hudler gave Detroit the lead 1:54 later, rifling a high wrist shot into the net for his second goal in as many games.

With 1:00 remaining in the period, Tomas Holmstrom added what would become an insurance goal with a wrist shot from the slot.

Neither team scored in the third period as the Red Wings preserved their lead to earn the win.

The Predators had gotten on the board early with Greg Zanon‘s first career goal at 6:35 of the opening period.

Zetterberg’s first of the night tied things back up 50 seconds later but Jordin Tootoo gave Nashville the lead after 20 minutes on a tip-in goal with 5:08 remaining in the first.

Hasek made 14 saves on 17 shots on the night, while Vokoun stopped six of eight shots against and Mason went 16-for-19.

Each team had two power plays, with Detroit picking up the lone goal with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Friday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets, who host Nashville on Thursday night.


Hudler’s goal was his second game-winning goal in as many games.

Wings Regain Series Lead: Joseph Holds Nashville to One Goal as Detroit Wins

Making his first start of the postseason, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Curtis Joseph stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced as Detroit defeated the Nashville Predators, 4-1. With the win, the Red Wings gain a 3-2 series lead heading into Game Six.

After dropping two games in Nashville and losing their lead in the series, the Red Wings looked to bounce back early and send the Predators a message. With three goals in the first period, they did just that.

Henrik Zetterberg‘s first goal of the series put the Red Wings on the board just 3:19 into the game. Pavel Datsyuk fought off a check behind the Nashville goal and got to the puck. He sent a between-the-legs pass to Zetterberg skating through the left faceoff circle. Zetterberg, left all alone at the top of the crease, out-waited Predators’ netminder Tomas Vokoun and lifted a shot over him and into the net.

Brett Hull‘s second goal of the postseason came 3:03 later. Along the left-side boards, Datsyuk sent another no-look pass across the ice to Hull, streaking through the slot towards the net. Hull put a quick shot past Vokoun and the Red Wings were up by two.

Brendan Shanahan broke his scoring slump with 6:42 remaining in the period. Shorthanded, Steve Yzerman fought for the puck behind the Nashville net. Shanahan came to help him and got the puck. From behind the goal line, Shanahan banked a shot off the skate of Predators’ defenseman Dan Hamhuis. The puck barely trickled over the goal line to give Detroit a three-goal lead.

The Red Wings second power play goal of the series would come in the second period off the stick of defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom. At 9:25 of the period, Lidstrom fired a shot from the left point that went by the screened Vokoun to put Detroit up by four and cap their scoring for the night.

With 38 seconds remaining in the period, Sergei Zholtok scored the lone goal for the Predators. While on the power play, Zholtok fired a shot from the left faceoff dot Joseph didn’t have a chance to stop, as he was being screened by Scott Hartnell.

The Red Wings clamped down on the Predators defensively in the third period, allowing them only six shots.

Vokoun, the MVP of both games played in Nashville, allowed Detroit’s four goals on 31 shots.

The Red Wings have the chance to eliminate the Predators from the playoffs in Game Six Saturday afternoon in Nashville. Game time is 3:00 PM.

Wings Win Game One: Third period goals lift Detroit over Nashville

The Detroit Red Wings scored three goals in the third period to bounce back from an early 1-0 deficit against the Nashville Predators Wednesday night, allowing Detroit to take a 1-0 series lead over Nashville and win Game One of a first round playoff series for the first time since 2001.

The Predators got on the board just 16 seconds into the game. Former Michigan State Spartan Adam Hall fired a shot from in the slot that was stopped by Detroit goaltender Manny Legace but Legace was unable to control the rebound. As Scott Hartnell crashed the net, the puck came loose to Legace’s right and Hall swept in to put it into the net.

Jus 1:15 later, the Predators got a glorious opportunity to take an early two-goal lead. Nashville’s Steve Sullivan broke across the Detroit blue line as Red Wings defender Chris Chelios laid a hook on him. Sullivan broke free of Chelios and got a good scoring chance on the play but was still awarded a penalty shot for the hook at the blue line. Sullivan broke in on Legace and fired a shot that missed the net, leaving the Predators with only a one-goal lead.

Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun preserved the lead through the first two periods and the Predators’ defensive play kept the Red Wings frustrated for 40 minutes of play.

The third period was a different story, however, as Detroit’s Kris Draper got the Red Wings; first goal of the game just 37 seconds in. Draper got a lead pass from Kirk Maltby at the Nashville blue line and split the Predators’ defense paring of Brad Bombardir and Mark Eaton. Draper skated in all alone on Vokoun and put a soft shot between his pads, evening the score and reigniting the Red Wings.

Tomas Holmstrom gave Detroit the lead 4:18 later. Trade deadline acquisition Robert Lang passed the puck from behind the net to defenseman Mathieu Schneider at the blue line, who fired a shot on net. Holmstrom reached out and tipped the puck in the slot, deflecting it between Vokoun’s pads and putting the Red Wings up by a goal.

The Predators, who had slipped into a defensive mode of play by the end of the second period, were unable to even the score.

Lang iced the game with 1:45 remaining in the third period. Lang broke around Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis to pick up a pass from Maltby in the Predators’ zone. Hamhuis draped himself across Lang’s back, but Lang threw him off before faking out Vokoun and sliding the puck into the net.

Both Legace and Vokoun were making their first NHL playoff starts. Legace made 23 saves on the 24 shots he faced in net for Detroit, while Vokoun stopped 26 of the 29 shots in faced in the Nashville crease.

Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup is Saturday afternoon in Detroit.

Wings Lose 1-0 Snoozer to Preds

Ah, for the old days of hockey.

You know, the old days, such as the 2001-02 season, when the game officials at least attempted to be consistent in their calls of obstruction penalties.

This, unfortunately, is the 2003-04 season, and the officials appear to be blind to the obstruction blocking up the neutral zone, leaving skilled teams at a disadvantage against teams with less talent. Since no help seems to be forthcoming from the NHL’s director of officiating, maybe the Red Wings need to try bringing a large supply of Drano to unclog center ice next time they visit Nashville. The Predators clutched, grabbed, and obstructed their way to a 1-0 win over the Red Wings.

If the NHL is wondering why goal scoring is down these days, if they’re wondering why hockey is losing viewers, if they’re wondering why the league is in such financial trouble, maybe they should try looking at their referees’ inconsistent enforcement of obstruction.

Dan Hamhuis was the goal scorer for the Predators, but his goal didn’t come until only 12:27 was left in the game. Goalie Tomas Vokoun made a very good save against Jason Woolley at the other end of the ice, clearing the way for Vladimir Orzagh to send Hamhuis flying up the ice with the puck. He unleashed a hard shot just as he crossed the blue line. Curtis Joseph appeared to be expecting a rising shot, but the puck slid along the ice and into the net.

The game up to that point had been a slow, choppy affair, with no sustained offensive pressure at either end of the ice. The Predators were unwilling to send more than one skater in to forecheck, and the Red Wings were unable to bring enough players into Nashville’s territory to set up any kind of scoring play.

The game after that point picked up slightly, as the Red Wings became more desperate to get on the scoreboard. They pulled Joseph for an extra attacker with just over a minute remaining, but the Predators were able to clear the puck and hold it up behind Detroit’s empty net until the final buzzer sounded.

Vokoun faced 21 shots durinng the course of the game. All of them were, of necessity, unscreened and easy to see. Joseph made 16 saves on 17 shots.

The Red Wings’ next game will be Monday night when they host the St. Louis Blues.

Saturday Stunner: Preds Rally to Win

The world of hockey is full of cliche trite phrases such as, “If we want to win, we have to play hard,” and, “The players all have to be accountable.” The phrases may be overused, but they are usually true, especially the one about, “If we want to win, we have to play a full sixty minutes.” The Red Wings relearned that one tonight, allowing a four goal rally late in the third period to lose 4-3 to the Nashville Predators.

Detroit got off to a good start, opening the scoring just 13 seconds into the game. Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun held the puck on a long shot in, leading to a faceoff deep in his zone. Pavel Datsyuk won the draw back to Nicklas Lidstrom, who sent the puck across to Ray Whitney at the left point. Whitney shot on net, and Tomas Holmstrom deflected it on its way through for his first even-strength goal of the season.

Martin Erat almost evened the score when he got a breakaway shortly thereafter, but Curtis Joseph made the big save without any trouble.

Kris Draper increased the lead at 7:24. Brendan Shanahan blocked a Nashville clearing attempt at the left point. He passed the puck up to Steve Yzerman, who sent it across to Draper. Draper fanned on his first shot attempt, but he had time for a second one. Vokoun had flopped down to block an expected low shot, so Draper had plenty of room to score.

Shanahan added a power play goal late in the second period. Jason Woolley passed the puck along the blue line, and Shanahan shot it hard. Vokoun was already sliding the wrong way and couldn’t get back in time to block the shot.

Through the first and second periods, the Red Wings had done a very good job of stifling the Predators. They controlled the puck well, beat Nashville to loose pucks, and refrained from turning the puck over in bad situations. They continued the technique into the beginning of the third period. Nashville had come out with more intensity, but Joseph had covered up for his team’s small lapses.

That all changed once Vladimir Orszagh got the Predators on the scoreboard at 6:47. The goal was not a pretty one””Orzsagh beat Jiri Fischer to a loose puck in front of the net to bank it in””but it brought the Predators back to life.

Erat narrowed the gap five minutes later. The Predators had been pressuring in Detroit’s zone. Erat carried the puck towards the blue line, then wheeled and fired. Joseph was screened and had no chance to make the save.

Scott Hartnell tied the game with 3:34 left by crashing the net and whacking at the puck until it went in, then Scott Walker did the unthinkable.

Draper had been sent to the penalty box at 2:33 for goaltender interference, leaving Detroit shorthanded. Dan Hamhuis took a shot towards the net, where Joseph was screened yet again. Walker tipped the shot on its way through to move the Predators into the lead with just 57 seconds left to play.
The Red Wings pulled Joseph from the net for a sixth skater in the dying seconds of the game. Yzerman and Brett Hull both had scoring chances, but Vokoun held them off to keep the win.

The shots on net were tied at 31 apiece. Twenty of Nashville’s shots came in the third period. The Red Wings’ next game will be at home Monday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.


With Mathieu Dandenault and Jason Williams both tending to minor groin injuries, defenseman Jamie Rivers and forward Darryl Bootland made their way into the lineup…. Darren McCarty left the game with back spasms after sliding feet-first into the boards early in the first period. He is scheduled to have x-rays taken on Sunday.