Nashville at Detroit (4/9/09)

Tonight the Red Wings faced the Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena. The Predators are another team fighting for a spot in the playoffs. They pretty much need a win tonight or they can forget about it. The Wings were hoping to foil their plans. The starting goaltenders were Chris Osgood for the Wings and Pekka Rinne for the Predators.

In the first period Detroit got a power play thanks to a delay of game by the Predators. Kronwall got the puck at the top of the slot and fired it on net. It changed direction after hitting the stick of a Nashville player and got by Rinne to give Detroit the one nothing lead.

That was the only goal in the first period but the Red Wings were out-shot 10 to 4 which is not good. The Predators also won 10 face-offs to the Wings 4. That’s very unusual.

In the second period Nichol scored for the Predators at even strength. Osgood was screened and nearly interfered with so he never had a chance to stop that one. That tied the game at one.

Hossa left the game in the second period. Of course, they said it was because of a “lower body” injury. Let’s hope that it’s nothing. They showed a replay where his foot got sort of caught on the skate of a Nashville player and it looked like his leg might have stretched out awkwardly. Hopefully, it’s not a gr0in injury.

Near the end of the second period Detroit scored a power play goal. The Wings were moving the puck well and Lidstrom shot it from the point. Holmstrom was in front of the net and then Datsyuk moved in with his stick to try for a redirection. It looked like Rinne got a piece of it but it got by him and into the net. Datsyuk didn’t touch the puck but he distracted Rinne with his stick. The power play was created because of a terrible penalty that Nichol took. It was a crosscheck that happened after the play. It was completely pointless and the Red Wings made him pay for it.

Early on in the third period Zetterberg won the faceoff but they lost it to Nashville. Cleary forechecked and knocked Arnott off the puck. Zetterberg took it and sent it to Franzen in the slot. He snapped a quick one that made it three to one Wings.

With 6:42 left in the game Arnott ended up with the puck in the slot. He shot once and it hit the post. It bounced right back to him and he shot it again and beat Osgood to pull within a goal of tying the game.

As time was winding down Nashville pulled their goalie plus Kronwall was in the box so it was six on four. With just under a minute left they scored to tie the game at three and send the game into overtime. Unfortunately, even the single point will be helpful to Nashville’s playoff hopes.

With about 45 seconds left in the overtime Zetterberg was called for a hook so the Predators went onto a four on three power play. The Wings killed off the penalty so the game went to a shootout.

Datsyuk shot first in the shootout but he was stopped by Rinne. Fiddler shot next for the Predators and missed the net. Then Zetterberg came up and Rinne stopped him as well. Sullivan shot and Osgood stopped it. Hudler was up next. He did a kick fake and beat Rinne for the first goal of the shootout. Koistinen went next and scored on Osgood. Then Cleary was up and he was stopped by Rinne. Finally it was Arnott who shot the puck into the net to win the game and earn two points for the Predators.

I thought the Red Wings played a pretty good game tonight but the Predators were just too desperate. If it weren’t for the six on four at the end of regulation they wouldn’t have even gotten a point and I’d have been a lot happier.

This 4-3 overtime loss brings us to:
51-19-10
112 points

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