Smith finally got back on the score sheet tonight. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)
What do you do with a problem like the Detroit Red Wings? Alright, so maybe the “Sound of Music” tune doesn’t quite fit with the phrase, but then again neither did the Nashville Predators fit with hockey tonight.
Rather, this last meeting of the Predators and Red Wings as conference and division rivals started out in the Predators’ favor before taking a harsh swing back to the Red Wings.
So how did it all go down?
Fisher came back from the injured reserve list tonight with a bang, scoring the first goal of the night less than two minutes into the first period. A beautiful pass and a quick in and out of the puck led to Fisher tenth goal of the season. It was another five minutes before Detroit could match, with Filppula tallying the first Red Wing goal.
What really made the first period? That would be Smith’s goal to put Nashville into the lead heading to the locker room. Twelve minutes, thirty seconds in, Smith finally put his name back on the score sheet with a power play goal.
The second period is where the Predators’ dreams went to die. Harsh, but true.
Just one minute into the second, Franzen tied the game with a quick goal for Detroit. Less than three minutes later, Eaves took the lead for the Red Wings, snapping a goal off a pass from former Predator Tootoo. Just to make the second period a complete Detroit domination, star scorer Datsyuk scored on the power play with forty-five seconds left on the clock.
Fortunately, the third period didn’t get completely out hand for the Predators. The only goal came with four minutes left on the clock as Abdelkader scored to make the game 5-2 for the Red Wings.
So what fun happened for the Predators while in Detroit? Well, Mason got the start one more time before the season closes, with Rinne likely to play in the final game on Saturday. Who else made an appearance? That would be one Joonas Rask, younger brother of the Boston Bruins star goalie Tuukka Rask. Even if he only played for about six minutes, it was still Rask’s first NHL game.
Where do the Predators go for their next, and last, game? Close to home as the boys in blue and gold head to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets one more time and close out the season. 7 pm EST. It’s the last game, so don’t miss it!