By Christy Hammond
The Detroit Red Wings (41-14-8) were humbled when the Nashville Predators (30-28-4) scored eight straight goals at the Sommet Center. It was Nashville’s fourth straight win as they fight for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The 8-0 loss was the first time they had been shut out since Feb. 22, 2008, and it was the first time they’ve allowed that many goals since a 9-4 loss on Jan. 4, 2007.
Nashville scored five unanswered goals in a span of six minutes in the first period. Detroit last allowed five goals in a single period on Feb. 12, 2007, when the Wings lost 6-1 at Philadelphia. It was the first time since March 11, 1993, that the Wings allowed five goals in the first period.
Ty Conklin allowed four goals on nine shots. After Antti Pihlstrom scored Nashville’s fourth goal at 9:51, head coach Mike Babcock pulled Conklin and inserted Chris Osgood into the goal. Unfortunately that didn’t help much as Jason Arnott scored his first goal of the night at 10:48. Arnott would go on to post a hat trick with a goal in each period. Osgood would allow four goals on just 14 shots in the loss.
I’m not going to go into detail describing the eight Nashville goals because I know none of you want to read that; it was a stunning loss. The Wings have only allowed 11 goals in the past five games so to yield eight in one night is certainly a hard pill for Red Wings faithful to swallow.
The Wings will have a chance to get back on track when they head to St. Louis to face off against the Blues on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.