Postgame: Red Wings @ Predators – Game 2 – 4/13

I wasn’t near a computer at all tonight but I saw the whole game, so I’ll be going from memory for my postgame notes since I didn’t write anything during the game.

I was proven wrong about a lot of things tonight. I was absolutely certain that the Red Wings wouldn’t physically respond to Shea Weber after he rammed Henrik Zetterberg‘s head into the glass to close out Game One on Wednesday. Instead, we had Todd Bertuzzi going toe-to-toe with him just 1:36 in.

I’ve been complaining about Brad Stuart and Johan Franzen and Cory Emmerton. Emmerton snipes one past Pekka Rinne to make it 2-0 and then it’s Stuart’s shot that deflects off Franzen to make it 3-1.

And how about that third Detroit goal? After the bounces went in Nashville’s favor in Game One, the Wings got them in Game Two. That’s something I was right about, that if you replayed Game One with the bounces going the other way, it’s a Detroit win.

The Wings made closer than they needed to. The second Nashville goal late in the third period didn’t need to happen, it was entirely because Detroit stopped trying to move the puck and started skating in circles. And I did call that Weber would get a third-period goal (though the full prediction was that it would be on a power play caused by a Tomas Holmstrom goalie interference call that negated a Detroit goal).

Much like Game One, the Red Wings played a very solid game. They started to slip in the final minutes but overall, they earned this one.

Jimmy Howard has been outstanding this series. He’s outplaying Rinne, which I’m not sure a lot of non-Wings partisans would have expected on Monday.

The win gives Detroit home ice in a five-game series. Huge for the team with the best home record in the NHL, but they can’t let up just because they’re coming home.

Helm Injured as Red Wings Fall to Predators in Game One

Detroit forward Darren Helm returned from injury only to suffer a new one, leaving Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup between the Red Wings and the Nashville Predators before the Predators earned a 3-2 win.

Helm missed the final ten games of the regular season with a sprained MCL. Tuesday’s playoff opener was his first game back but he cut his forearm on Andrei Kostitsyn’s skate in the first period and immediately left the ice.

He was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center for unspecified surgery during the game. Detroit head coach Mike Babcock would later say “We don’t know to what extent or how severe, if any tendons or anything were cut we don’t know but it was pretty severe.”

The Predators were already up by a goal when the injury happened. At 6:59 of the period, Paul Gaustad threw the puck from the left corner to the front of the Detroit net, where it deflected off defenseman Brad Stuart and past goalie Jimmy Howard to make it 1-0.

Detroit got on the board at 2:29 of the second period. Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne knocked aside a Niklas Kronwall shot from the blue line but Henrik Zetterberg got to the loose puck and knocked it in behind Rinne for a power play goal.

The Predators regained the lead with 7:31 to go in the second when Matt Halischuk‘s long shot deflected off the outstretched stick of Gabriel Bourque and floated past Howard.

Bourque added another with 8:25 left in regulation, snapping a shot over Howard’s glove after he was left all alone in the slot.

Tomas Holmstrom knocked home a loose puck from the edge of the crease on a power play with 2:07 remaining to make it 3-2 but the Red Wings would be unable to tie it, even with a late six-on-four manpower advantage.

The Red Wings finished the night with two goals on eight chances with the extra attacker. Nashville was scoreless in six power play tries.

Howard finished the night with 23 saves on 26 shots while Rinne stopped 35 of 37 shots.

In the closing seconds of the game, Nashville captain Shea Weber grabbed Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg by the sides of his head and slammed his face into the glass, earning a two-minute roughing penalty. The NHL has yet to announce whether they will review the play for a possible additional penalty.

Game Two between the teams will be Friday night.


The Red Wings scratched forwards Gustav Nyquist, Jan Mursak, Chris Conner and the injured Patrick Eaves, defenseman Jakub Kindl, and goalie Joey MacDonald.

Red Wings Fall to Predators in Howard’s Return

Goaltender Jimmy Howard returned to the Red Wings lineup Friday night but Detroit couldn’t hold off the Nashville Predators, dropping a 4-1 decision.

With the loss, Detroit falls to fifth place in the Western Conference standings, one point behind the fourth-place Predators, who have a game in hand.

After the first half of the game was scoreless, Nashville’s Gabriel Bourque opened the scoring with 6:55 left in the second period. Bourque flipped a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle through traffic and past Howard to give the Predators the 1-0 lead.

Francis Bouillon made it 2-0 with just 33 seconds left in the period when he picked up a loose puck and snapped it past Howard after a net-front scramble.

At 2:40 of the third period, Alexander Radulov was left all alone at the top of the crease to take a feed from Andrei Kostitsyn and punch it past Howard.

Jiri Hudler scored Detroit’s lone goal with 3:03 remaining, knocking the puck past Nashville golie Pekka Rinne from the side of the net on a pass from Henrik Zetterberg.

Shea Weber wrapped up the scoring with an empty-net goal in the game’s final minute.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, with Detroit having three chances and Nashville having two.

Howard made 23 saves on 26 shots against in his return from a groin injury. Rinne stopped 31 of 32 shots.

The Red Wings play again on Sunday when they host the Florida Panthers.


Detroit’s healthy scratches were Kyle Quincey on defense and Jan Mursak up front.

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.


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.

Postgame: Predators @ Red Wings – 2/17

I’m going to keep the postgame notes short because, Mein Lieber Gott im Himmel, what a finish.

Henrik Zetterberg, completely blind pass to Pavel Datsyuk, who fakes the hell out of (future teammate) Ryan Suter and then snaps a shot past Pekka Rinne. With five seconds left in regulation of a previously-tied game.

This, after the Predators had gained a lot of momentum by grinding the game to a standstill and nullifying an early Detroit lead.

The game winner was all skill but it was a gritty win. Nashville controlled the style of play for much of the game, but the Wings manufactured that last chance and it was a beauty.

That’s twenty-two wins in a row at home, extending their own single-season record and tying the record set across two seasons by the Boston Bruins. Hell of a run.

Filppula Scores Twice as Red Wings Down Predators, 4-1

Valtteri Filppula scored two goals Monday night as the Detroit Red Wings returned from the NHL’s Christmas break to earn a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators.

Filppula opened the game’s scoring at 10:57 of the first period, taking a feed from Henrik Zetterberg in the slot to knock a shot past Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne.

Wuth 7:08 left in the second period, Pavel Datsyuk made it 2-0 on a wraparound chance. The goal was originally not called on the ice, with one of the linesmen confirming that the puck had gone into the net and video review unable to prove otherwise.

Just 13 seconds later, Danny Cleary snapped a shot from the slot past Rinne to make it 3-0 on Detroit’s eleventh shot of the game.

Filppula notched his second of the night at 5:22 of the third. Justin Abdelkader and Cory Emmerton were unable to beat Rinne from in close but the rebound came out to the right faceoff circle, where Filppula jumped up to fire a shot into the net before Rinne could get back into position.

Jonathon Blum broke Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard‘s shutout with 2:12 left, wristing a shot from the blue line through traffic to get the Predators on the board.

Howard finished the night with 31 saves on 32 shots against. Rinne stopped 18 of Detroit’s 22 shots.

Neither team scored a power play goal. Nashville had five tries with the extra attacker and Detroit had two.

The Red Wings are back in action on Tuesday night when they host the St. Louis Blues.


Detroit forward Tomas Holmstrom left the game in the third period with what the team called a lower-body injury… Defenseman Jakub Kindl was a healthy scratch.

Filppula Scores Twice as Red Wings Defeat Predators, 4-1

Valtteri Filppula scored two goals and added an assist Saturday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators.

Filppula opened the game’s scoring with 6:37 remaining in the first period, lifting a backhander from an acute angle over sprawled Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne after a Todd Bertuzzi chance bounced off the post.

Henrik Zetterberg made it 2-0 just 1:31 into the second period. Zetterberg picked drifted backwards from in close to Rinne, outwaiting him before firing a shot from the left faceoff circle into the top of the net.

At 8:34 of the period, Filppula’s second put the Red Wings up by three. Jakub Kindl threw a shot towards the net that was deflected by both Jiri Hudler and Filppula to get past Rinne.

Danny Cleary finished off Detroit’s scoring at 4:03 of the third period. Darren Helm stole the puck from Mike Fisher as the Predators attempted to clear their zone, then sent a pass to Cleary in the right faceoff circle for a one-timer past Rinne.

Nashville’s lone goal came 1:31 later, when Jack Hillen snuck in behind Helm and Jonathan Ericsson in the slot to take a pass from Colin Wilson and tip it past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Howard, making his fifteenth consecutive start, needed to make only 18 saves on 19 shots. Detroit held Nashville to only eight shots in the game’s first forty minutes.

Rinne made 33 saves on the Red Wings’ 37 shots.

Filppula’s first goal was the only power play tally of the night. Detroit had two chances with the extra attacker while Nashville had three,

After three games in four nights, the Red Wings are off until Wednesday when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning.


Detroit forward Patrick Eaves left the game late in the third period after taking a Roman Josi shot to the side of his head. He was taken to the Detroit Medical Center for observation, where he is expected to be held overnight… Cory Emmerton, Fabian Brunnstrom and Mike Commodore were the Red Wings’ healthy scratches.

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.


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

Red Wings – Predators Postgame Notes

Back from watching the Plymouth Whalers drop a 2-0 decision to the Kitchener Rangers in Game Six of their playoff series, I’ll finally post my thoughts on the Red Wings’ 4-3 OT win today in Nashville…

Holmstrom’s Goalie Interference
Replay showed that Tomas Holmstrom did appear to elbow Pekka Rinne in the head, so this was the right call. Call me cynical, but it still doesn’t sit right with me.

First off, it took a slow-mo replay from above the crease to show what happened on TV. Did the eagle-eyed ref actually see it happen or did he call a phantom penalty and luck out that one was actually there. If he did see it, did he miss Rinne’s punch to the back of Holmstrom’s head a second earlier?

Right call but frustrating.

Abdelkader in General
What an afternoon for Justin Abdelkader. I admit to a bit of a hometown bias towards him but that doesn’t have to apply this time. Five hits, two goals… He was all over the place. And his hit on Martin Erat was *not* boarding. Erat got away with worse against Abdelkader two weeks ago – not that what Erat did was legal then, just allowed. Hooray for consistency.

Bertuzzi vs. O’Brien
Where did Todd Bertuzzi come from? Something set him off today, I’m not sure I want to see that every game but today it was nice. Bertuzzi smacked Shane O’Brien around once and O’Brien went for the ill-timed rematch and got beat down again. That second fight was a major turning point. I can’t believe O’Brien did that when a win for him would mean nothing but a win for Bertuzzi would fire the Red Wings up.

Overall
Great physical effort from the Wings. Great mental resilience after going down 3-0. It was a playoff-style win and they need some of those down the stretch here.

Bonus Hockey
The Whalers had a chance to finish off the Rangers tonight and failed pretty miserably. Like I have the tendency to complain about with the Wings, the Whalers were just not getting any second chances around the Kitchener net. It was a pretty physical game, with the Rangers seeming to win most of those battles. Whalers need to get it together to avoid losing a series they were up 3-1 in.

Red Wings’ Winning Streak Ends in Nashville

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.

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