Game recap: Predators 4, Red Wings 3

Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg makes this goal against Predators goalie Pekka Rinne during the first period of the Wings 4-3 loss to Nashville on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena. (JERRY S. MENDOZA/AP)

Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg makes this goal against Predators goalie Pekka Rinne during the first period of the Wings' 4-3 loss to Nashville on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena. (JERRY S. MENDOZA/AP)

By Christy Hammond

The Detroit Red Wings failed to grab its 50th win of the season Sunday evening at Joe Louis Arena in a 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators. Detroit held a 2-1 lead for nearly 16 minutes of play before falling to the Preds in the third period. Detroit has now lost two straight, including three of its last four games. Despite the loss, the Wings did clinch its eighth straight Central Division title thanks to a 4-0 Chicago loss to Vancouver.

Nashville’s Steve Sullivan opened the game with a power-play tally 2:25 into the first frame. Henrik Zetterberg would respond with a shorthanded marker at 4:29. The goal gave him his 400th career point and 30th goal of the season, meaning the Wings now have four players this year to post 30 goals. Hank scored on a breakaway after getting a great feed from captain Nicklas Lidstrom.

Mikael Samuelsson would give Detroit the lead at 15:13 in the middle frame with a power-play goal. Sammy scored his 19th goal of the season on a one-timer from the left faceoff circle during the 5-on-3 power play. Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk earned the assists.

In 20 quick seconds during the third stanza, Nashville scored two goals to grab the lead. Both tallies resulted from Detroit miscues or turnovers — one in the neutral zone and the other in their own zone.

Johan Franzen would score nearly four minutes later to tie the game up at three goals apiece. Datsyuk notched his second assist of the night when he set up the Mule. Franzen wristed a blast from the high slot, beating goaltender Pekka Rinne.

However, Nashville’s Ryan Suter was determined to keep the Preds in the playoff hunt with a goal at 15:24 on the power play. Both of Nashville’s power-play tallies came from Chris Chelios‘ penalties.

The Wings will stay at home to prepare for their next game on Thursday against the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena.
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3 Responses to Game recap: Predators 4, Red Wings 3

  1. Roger Wahlstrom says:

    The Red Wings had several penalties comitted against them that were not called and some very weak penalties called against them that would not and were not called against the Preditors. Juat another game thrown by the league. The whoile league smelss foul

  2. Doug Towler says:

    Guys:

    This IS NOT THE TIME OF YEAR, to start throwing away games,(and points), WHATEVER THE PROBLEM IS, GET OVER IT AND PLAY TO THE STANDARD OF WHICH YOU ARE VERY CAPABLE OF REACHING…. Enough of this UP and DOWN play !!

  3. Thor Sloan says:

    Well, the Wings are showing their true ability……has beens. There is no excuse for the way they have been playing. They should be embarrassed and benched for their lack of play. To lose to the worst team in the NHL is pathetic. They had the presidents trophy in their laps and couldn’t capitolize on it due to their lack of play. They will be lucky to make it out of the first round a winner, however, they will not make it out of the second round. They are not playing up to their ability and can’t. Lebda, Samuelson and lilja all need to go and make room for real hockey palyers. Management wasted their opportunity for another Stanley Cup with keeping these guys. They had chances for better players and goal tenders but decided on keeping guys around that are below average players. They should have offered more money to our assistant coach to stay in Detroit and not go to San Jose, who by the way are the best in the league and I look forward to them raising the cup. The Wings are a reminder of the Lions and their organization….. DISAPPOINTING !!! Well, maybe better luck next year, because again, they will exit the playoff’s sooner then anyone expects. I feel sorry for Hossa. He should have went to San Jose.

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