Originally written on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 3/30/12

Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images

The Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings went into tonight’s game with a chip on their shoulders. Both were outgunned in their last outing and looking for some revenge, especially against the team that is in the mix of playoff home-ice positioning. But it was the Nashville Predators that would come out of Motown with the two points and a bead on taking home-ice away from the Detroit Red Wings with a 4-1 victory.

The first period played out like many between these two clubs have gone, a scoreless affair with each side testing the fences of the other and feeling out the weak spots in their game.

The second period was all Detroit at the start and Nashville had to weather a barrage of chances on Detroit’s first power play. With just over 6 minutes left, Tootoo played the puck back to himself off a defender and pulled back to the right point. He stayed steady and fed Gabriel Bourque in the high slot and Bourque simply turned around and fired, catching Howard off-guard with big Paul Gaustad screening in front for first blood and the 1-0 lead. Nashville would have to kill two more Detroit power plays at the end of the second period. On one such power play, Pekka Rinne made a game-saving point-black stop on Zetterberg. After facing down numerous shots on net, the puck happened to slide right out to the right post with Zetterberg eagerly awaiting the puck to tap in for a game-tying score. Somehow, Rinne was able to dive back over and with his glove commit a first-degree larceny on Zetterberg. This save was a game-changer and the Red Wings just didn’t seem able to recuperate from Rinne’s thievery.

But in the final minute, a scramble in front would benefit the Predators. The Predators had shot multiple times on net with no success and the puck was laying in the slot, almost covered up by Brad Stuart only for Bouillon to snag it back and fire a wrister beating Howard at 19:27 of the second. (Being objective, the Red Wings fans have a legitimate argument that the play should maybe have been blown dead)

In the first 3 minutes of the third, the Predators pressed hard and fast and Radulov was all over the place for most of the game. Some determined skating led to Andrei Kostitsyn carrying the puck all the way down the boards, around the goal and while Radulov was cutting to the front, Kostitsyn fed him the puck for one of the prettiest tap-ins of recent memory. A twirl of the stick (one of his KHL celebrations) and Radulov had the Predators pull to a three goal lead and Alexander collecting two points.

Jiri Hudler would score with just over 3 minutes left in the game to make it a little more interesting and then the Red Army started to swarm the Predators zone. With an empty net, the Red Wings were firing at will, but some solid defensive work and lively sticks helped Nashville to nudge the puck out of the zone onto Weber’s stick to light the lamp with the empty-net goal, his 17th of the year.

Special Teams:

Powerplay – 0 for 2, 0%
Penalty Kill – 3 for 3, 100%

My Three Stars:

#1: Alexander Radulov  – 1 goal, 1 assist, +1 and the biggest thorn in the Red Wings side all night long. That tap-in from Andrei Kostitsyn is why having Radulov back in the fold makes the Predators a legit contender.
#2: Pekka Rinne – Stopped 31 of 32 shots with the save on Zetterberg’s “sure goal” being a huge momentum shift in the game. Rinne looked like a goalie ready for the post-season and the Wings had a tough time trying to break the seal.
#3: Roman Josi – In his first game back after suffering an upper-body injury, Josi goes out and leads the Predators with a +3 and 4 shots on goal. His pairing with Hal Gill is an immediate shutdown line and a huge help. Josi was 2nd in even strength TOI behind Suter.

———————————

Check back daily for news, updates and pre- and post-game information from The Predatorial.

 

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Big Ten coaches opposed to 9-game conference schedule

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Hill arrested for reckless driving, clocked going 107 mph

Diamondbacks GM: Padres wanted Goldschmidt for Kimbrel

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mets acquire Yoenis Cespedes from Tigers

Sheldon Richardson escapes felony charges for recent arrest

Lawyer who litigated against NFL: Brady plays every game

Cowboys should sign interested RB Steven Jackson

Jameis Winston confirmed as Buccaneers starting QB

Russell Wilson contract increases likelihood of change

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

RB signed by Chiefs day after tweeting them highlight video

Evgeni Malkin had real penguins at his birthday party

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Jonathan Papelbon thinks he became ‘scapegoat’ for Phillies

Padres don’t sell at trade deadline, reportedly because AJ Preller still believes in team

First photos of Jason Pierre-Paul’s injured hand emerge

Stop kvetching about Notre Dame, please

Rebuttal banner supporting Tom Brady flies over Pats practice

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

LeSean McCoy cancels party, but it wasn't some 'weird orgy'

Redskins making huge mistake by signing Galette

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker