Predators End Red Wings’ Streak in Shootout

The Nashville Predators came from behind in a shootout on Tuesday to hand the Detroit Red Wings their first loss in seven games.

By losing out on the extra point, Detroit was unable to pull ahead of the Ottawa Senators for sole posession of first place in the league.

Nashville by scores of 1-0 and 2-1 after the first two rounds of the shootout but Steve Sullivan tied it in the third round and goalie Tomas Vokoun stopped Henrik Zetterberg to force sudden death rounds. The fourth round was scoreless and after the Predators took a 3-2 lead in the fifth round, Detroit captain Steve Yzerman scored to keep the Red Wings alive. Brendan Shanahan could not repeat the feat after Martin Erat scored for Nashville in the sixth round.

The first period was the only period of the game that saw any scoring, opening with a Nashville goal at 5:57, when Scott Hartnell deflected a shot from the blue line by Marek Zidlicky past Detroit netminder Manny Legace.

With the Red Wings on a two-man advantage at 9:34, Robert Lang tied the game, picking up a rebound that bounced around the crease and lifting it over the sprawling Vokoun.

Still on the power play just 57 seconds later, Shanahan tipped a centering pass by Zetterberg past Vokoun.

The Predators tied things back up with 5:09 remaining in the period while skating on a five-on-three of their own, as Steve Sullivan put home a rebound from the side of the net.

The Red Wings dominated the shooting in the second period and the Predators carried play in the third but neither team could break the tie. The best chance for either side came when Legace stopped Hartnell on a penalty shot with 5:12 remaining in regulation.

Legace finished the night with 34 saves on 36 shots, while Vokoun stopped 39 of 41 shots against.

Detroit’s power play went two-for-four and the Red Wings’ penalty killers allowed only one goal on six Nashville power plays.

The Red Wings will be back in action when the San Jose Sharks visit Joe Louis Arena on Thursday.

By picking up one point, the Red Wings became the second team to reach 100 points in the NHL standings, folowing Ottawa, who reached that point earlier in the night with a win over the Pittsburgh Penguins… The third round shoout miss by Henrik Zetterberg was his first missed shootout chance of the season… Jason Williams remained perfect in shootout chances, moving to four-for-four on the season.

Red Wings Sweep Home-and-Home Series Against Predators

The Detroit Red Wings came back from two goals down after the first period to defeat the Nashville Predators, 3-2, in the second game of their home-and-home series.

The win gave Detroit a sweep of the series, moved them nine points ahead of the Predators for the Central Division lead, and put them in first place in the league.

Two power play goals gave the Predators an early lead.

Just 5:35 into the game, a series of tape-to-tape passes led to Scott Hartnell getting the puck at the side of the Detroit goal with netminder Manny Legace on the other post, leaving an open net to score into.

It was the first power play goal allowed by the Red Wings after forty-straight successful penalty kills.

Paul Kariya scored with 5:04 remaining in the first period to put Nashville up by two. During a mad scramble as the puck bounced around the crease, Legace was caught to one side of the goal and Johan Franzen sprawled out between the pipes. The puck came out to the top of the crease and Kariya pounced on it, lifting a shot over Franzen and into the net.

The Red Wings bounced back in the second period, holding off the continuing Nashville attack before Robert Lang finally put one past goalie Tomas Vokoun.

With 8:16 left in the period, Lang carried the puck into the zone and around two defensemen into the right circle before firing a shot under Vokoun’s arm and into the net.

Just 1:56 later, the Red Wings tied the game when Kris Draper banged home a loose puck from the side of the goal.

Mathieu Schneider scored the game-winner with 6:31 remaining in the game, completing Detroit’s comeback. Steve Yzerman carried the puck into the Nashville zone during a line change and hesitated in the high slot. Schneider raced to catch up and picked up a drop pass before stepping in and blasting a shot over Vokoun’s shoulder.

The Predators played the final minute of the game with Vokoun on the bench for an extra attacker but were unable to even the score.

Detroit finished the game scoreless on six power play chances while Nashville scored on two of their seven tries.

Vokoun faced forty or more shots for the fourth time in the last five games, making 42 saves on 45 chances against. Legace stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Sunday when they host the Colorado Avalanche in their last game before the Olympic Break.

Legace Notches Second-straight Shutout as Red Wings Defeat Predators

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace stopped all 20 shots he faced Wednesday night, leading his team to a 6-0 win over the visiting Nashville Predators. It marked the second game in a row that Legace did not allow a goal.

Detroit’s offense was productive from the start, with defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom scoring just 1:23 into the game. His slap shot from the point deflected off of Yanic Perrault and over Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun‘s arm to give the Red Wings the early lead.

At 7:14 of the second period, Brendan Shanahan scored his 25th of the season as the teams skated four aside. On a two-on-one rush with Pavel Datsyuk after a Nashville turnover, Shanahan wristed a shot from the right circle over Vokoun’s glove and into the far corner of the net.

Just 1:22 later, Mathieu Schneider extended the Wings’ lead. Henrik Zetterberg carried the puck into the Nashville zone backwards, barely staying onsides, before feeding Schneider for a blast from the left circle that went past Vokoun.

Zetterberg scored a goal of his own on Detroit’s lone power play opportunity with 5:09 remaining in the middle frame. After a faceoff win by Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom fired a one-timer from the left circle on net. Vokoun made the stop but at the far side of the goal crease, Zetterberg gloved down the rebound and lifted it into an open net.

Chris Mason replaced Vokoun in the Predators’ net to start the third period but Nashville couldn’t stage a comeback.

With 5:21 remaining in the game, Mikael Samuelsson added a backhand goal that deflected off the stick of defenseman Kimmo Timonen.

Datsyuk finished the game’s scoring with 1:08 remaining, scoring on a wrister from the right circle while on a two-on-one with Steve Yzerman.

Vokoun’s night ended after he made 24 saves on 28 shots. Mason stopped six of the eight shots he faced.

The Detroit power play converted on their only opportunity while Nashville was held scoreless on two chances with the man-advantage.

The two teams will meet again on Thursday night from Nashville, closing out their home-and-home series.

Kariya Leads Predators to Overtime Win over Red Wings

Paul Kariya was quiet for most of the night but made his presence felt when it mattered, scoring just 35 seconds into overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

After the Red Wings had a chance to begin the extra period, the Predators regained control and a series of outlet passes put Kariya breaking through the Detroit zone with the puck. Goalie Manny Legace sprawled out after a quick fake and Kariya lifted the puck over him to give Nashville the win.

Nashville’s first goal of the game also came on a breakaway.

At 8:32 of the first period, Steve Sullivan snuck behind the Detroit defenders on a Red Wings power play and a long pass through the neutral zone sprung him free to break in alone on Legace. Sullivan faked around Legace, who sprawled across the crease before Sullivan lifted a shot into the net.

Detroit had opened the scoring with a five-on-three goal with 8:28 remaining in the first period. Mathieu Schneider put a one-timer from the top of the right circle into the net behind Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun as Brendan Shanahan set a screen in front of the goal.

The goal was Detroit’s only tally in the game and their only power play goal on seven chances. The Red Wings held Nashville without a power play goal on their seven tries.

Legace stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced while Vokoun made 38 saves on 39 shots agains.

Detroit will be back in action on Thursday when the Vancouver Canucks visit Joe Louis Arena.

With Detroit earning one point for the overtime loss and Nashville picking up two points for the win, the two teams are now tied atop the Central Division and Western Conference standings. They meet five more times this season, including a home-and-home series before the Olympic Break and the last game of the season in Nashville.

Red Wings Fall to Predators in Rescheduled Matchup

The Detroit Red Wings scored the same number of goals as the Nashville Predators on Monday night but came away from the game with a loss in what is likely an NHL first.

The Predators started the game ahead by a goal, having been credited for the goal that Greg Johnson scored on November 21 before that game was postponed when Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench.

Johnson’s goal, with assists to Ryan Suter and Scottie Upshall, was the only statistic retained from the postponed game. Upshall’s assist becomes an interesting statistic, as he did not play in the rescheduled game and is not currently on the Nashville roster, having been assigned to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

Although approximately seven minutes remained in the first period that night, the clock was reset for the makeup matchup.

The Predators scored the game’s first true goal to take a 2-0 lead at 3:56 of the first period. Steve Sullivan took a long pass from Danny Markov to start a breakaway into the Detroit zone before beating Red Wings’ goalie Manny Legace between the legs.

The Red Wings responded just 40 seconds into the second period with a power play goal just seconds after a five-on-three advantage ended.

Robert Lang flipped a rebound shot on net that seemed to bounce off the padding inside the net and back out. In the flurry that followed, Pavel Datsyuk put another rebound off Nashville netminder Tomas Vokoun and in.

Lang was credited with the goal after the first review but that was later overturned and Datsyuk’s goal was left standing.

Just 4:35 later, the Red Wings evened the game with another power play goal. With the teams skating four-on-three, Mathieu Schneider fired a one-timer from the top of the right circle that beat Vokoun.

At 9:30 of the period, the Predators pulled back ahead when Scott Hartnell tipped a shot from the point by Kimmo Timonen past Legace with Nashville on the power play.

After a scoreless second half of the game, Hartnell’s goal stood up as the game-winner.

Detroit went two-for-nine on the power play and stopped six of Nashville’s seven chances with the man-advantage, including one five-on-three. Detroit had two five-on-three opportunities on the night.

Legace faced only 14 shots on the night, making 12 saves. Vokoun turned aside 39 of the 41 shots he faced.

The Red Wings and Predators will meet again Tuesday night, also in Detroit.

The game originally scheduled to be played in Nashville in place of this game has been rescheduled for March 30… Henrik Zetterberg returned to the Detroit lineup after missing two games with a hip flexor… The Predators are now just one point behind the Red Wings for first place in the Central Division.

Red Wings Defeat Predators in Central Division Matchup

In the first completed game between the top two teams in the Central Division, the Detroit Red Wings earned a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Detroit took a six point lead in the standings with the victory.

The Red Wings scored twice in the third period to secure the win.

Just 2:00 into the period, Jason Williams gave the Red Wings the lead when he was left all alone in front of the net on a broken play. Mikael Samuelsson got the puck to him and he lifted it over Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun on a backhand shot.

Nicklas Lidstrom scored his second goal of the night with 6:53 left in the game. With Detroit on the power play, Steve Yzerman sent a cross-ice pass to Lidstrom at the top of the right circle. The goal was originally credited to Brendan Shanahan, who was screening the Nashville goalie in front of the crease and could have tipped the shot.

Nashville had opened the game’s scoring on a power play with 6:05 left in the first.

After a shot from the blue line was knocked aside, Vernon Fiddler picked up the rebound, got control of the puck, and put it past Detroit netminder Manny Legace.

The Red Wings tied the game with 2:44 left in the second period on Lidstrom’s first power play goal, a blast down the slot from the blue line.

Legace finished the game with 29 saves on 30 shots in his second game in as many nights after returning from injury. Vokoun made 33 saves on 36 shots.

Detroit went two-for-seven on the power play and held Nashville to one goal on four chances with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Sunday when they host the Dallas Stars.

Johan Franzen did not play after suffering a mild injury Thursday night against St. Louis. Mark Mowers took his place… Yzerman’s assist tied him with Gordie Howe for seventh all-time in NHL assists.

Czechs Select Lang for Olympics

Detroit Red Wings center Robert Lang will make his fourth career Olympic appearance in February, as he was announced as a member of the Czech Republic’s men’s ice hockey team for the games in Turino, Italy.

The Czech roster also includes former Red Wing goaltender Dominik Hasek, now a member of the Ottawa Senators.

Defenseman Jiri Fischer, who was expected to be named to the team before suffering convulsions on November 21, was not on the final roster.

The four players from the New York Rangers are the most sent by one NHL team to the Czech squad.

The complete roster is as follows:

Goaltenders (3)
Domink Hasek
Milan Hnilicka
Tomas Vokoun

Defensemen (7)
Frantisek Kaberle
Tomas Kaberle
Filip Kuba
Pavel Kubina
Marek Malik
Jaroslav Spacek
Marek Zidlicky

Forwards (13)
Jan Bulis
Petr Cajanek
Martin Erat
Milan Hejduk
Ales Hemsky
Jaromir Jagr
Robert Lang
Rostislav Olesz
Vaclav Prospal
Petr Prucha
Martin Rucinsky
Martin Straka
David Vyborny

Now Leaving Music City: Wings Win Series With Shutout

Once again, the Red Wings pulled together when it counted, and their opponents weren’t quite prepared to deal with it. The Red Wings struck early to take a 2-0 lead over the Nashville Predators, then they held onto it for the rest of the game to win the quarterfinal series four games to two.

Nashville’s fans were on hand and louder than ever to start the game, looking to cheer their team on to an early start. The Red Wings were able to ignore the fans and take control early. In fact, the fans were calling their now-infamous “Chelios is a wussy” chant when Ray Whitney put Detroit on the scoreboard.

Steve Yzerman made a sharp centering pass from the right corner, and Whitney fired hard from the high slot. The puck was blocked by defenseman Andreas Johansson, but came right back to Whitney. Whitney’s second shot cleared Johansson and sailed past goalie Tomas Vokoun at 1:26.

Yzerman cemented the lead just 30 seconds later. Robert Lang worked the puck out from behind Mark Eaton’s dropped stick along the back boards, held off Eaton with one arm, and centered the puck with the other arm. Yzerman was pushing towards the net with no one to keep an eye on him, and it looked like a relatively simple matter for him to lift the puck up and over Vokoun.

Kris Draper nearly made the score 3-0 shortly thereafter with a shot off a drop pass from Tomas Holmstrom. The puck made it over Vokoun and landed on the goal line, but defenseman Brad Bombardir was able to clear it away before it crossed the line. Nashville called their timeout to calm down after that.

The Predators should have had their best chances to score during the second period, when they had three consecutive power plays, but they simply weren’t able to put their shots on net. David Legwand and Scott Walker both had scoring chances, but their shots went wide of Curtis Joseph. The Red Wings’ penalty killers did a good job of making sure the passing lanes were blocked and letting Joseph see each shot that did make its way through.

Detroit picked up their pressure again in the third period. They weren’t exactly testing Vokoun?they had only six shots on net in the third?but they were controlling the puck, picking off passes, and keeping the Predators from ever getting a clear shot against Joseph.

Nashville’s best chance came when Jason York had a screened shot from the right point, but Joseph was ready with the save.

The Predators pulled Vokoun for the extra skater with nearly two minutes remaining, but it did them no good. The Red Wings continued their careful control and kept the score at 2-0.

Detroit outshot Nashville by a count of 26 to 15. The Wings continued their dominance on faceoffs, winning 43 out of 70.

The Red Wings’ opponent for the Western Conference Semi-Finals could be either the Colorado Avalanche or the Calgary Flames, depending on whether or not the Flames manage to win their series against the Vancouver Canucks. The semi-finals are scheduled to start Thursday.

Yzerman’s goal was his 68th playoff goal, moving him past Gordie Howe into first place as the Red Wings’ all-time leading playoff goal scorer?. This was Joseph’s 16th career playoff shutout?. Game attendance was 17,329, marking the Predators’ largest crowd ever.

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.

Vokoun Blanks Wings as Preds even Series

Nashville Predators’ goaltender Tomas Vokoun stopped all 41 shots the Detroit Red Wings fired at him Tuesday night as the Predators defeated the Red Wings, 3-0. The first round playoff matchup between the two teams is now tied at two games apiece.

Vokoun’s first career playoff shutout came with some help. A third period goal by Detroit’s Robert Lang was called off when Tomas Holmstrom was judged to have interefered outside of the crease with Vokoun.

The Red Wings put pressure on the Predators early but lost their momentum when a power play was negated by a Brendan Shanahan penalty for holding just before the period’s midway point.

While the teams skated four-on-four, Nashville got on the board with just their second shot of the game. Steve Sullivan took what may have been an offsides pass from Scott Walker and skated in all alone on Detroit goalie Manny Legace, beating him high with 9:16 left in the period.

The Red Wings attempted to come back in the second but could not gain any momentum as they were forced to kill off three-straight penalties starting just 5:32 into the period, when Tomas Holmstrom was cross-checked to the ice. Holmstrom slashed at Vokoun while on his knees and took a punch to the head from Vokoun but only the slash was called.

Shortly after Kris Draper was cut on the cheek by a Nashville stick in a play where no penalty was called, Darren McCarty was sent to the box for interference. He was accompanied by Derian Hatcher, who was given a roughing penalty along with Jeremy Stevenson.

Brendan Shanahan was sent to the box after the McCarty penalty was killed when he sticked a Nashville player in the face while the Predator was on his knees.

After the Shanahan penalty was killed but with a delayed penalty coming up after Steve Yzerman tripped up a diving Jordin Tootoo, Nashville scored their second goal. WIth 5:39 remaining in the second, Legace made a save and covered the puck with his right pad, but Vladimir Orszagh was allowed to pound away and knocked the puck into the net before the whistle was blown.

Greg Johnson scored 2:04 into to the third period to cap the game’s scoring. Legace was pulled in favor of Curtis Joseph, who played the rest of the game without allowing a goal.

Legace allowed three goals on 11 shots. Joseph stopped all of the nine shots he faced.

The series comes back to Hockeytown for Game Five Thursday night, when the Red Wings will look to regain the series lead. Gametime is 7:30.