Red Wings Win Fifth Straight
Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg each had 2 goals and an assist as Detroit powered past the Predators to win their fifth straight, 5-3.
Zetterberg gave the Wings the lead just over five minutes into the game and Datsyuk added the second on the power play five minutes later in a period dominated by Detroit, who out shot Nashville 27-8.
Marion Hossa made it 3-0 in the second scoring his 31st of the season on the power play. Nashville rallied with Radek Bonk and Joel Ward cutting it to just a one goal deficit as the Wings struggled to protect the lead despite out shooting Nashville 41-14 through the first two periods.
Zetterberg scored his second and 20th of the season three minutes into the third to make it 4-2 and Datsyuk added an empty netter late to push it to 5. Brian Rafalski added 3 assists.
The Wings have now scored a league best 204 goals but have allowed 157, far more than usual. They also allowed another power play goal on just three opportunities and remain below 78 percent.
Detroit notched 51 shots on goal, their highest total of the season surpassing last month’s 48 against the Sabres.
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Ty Conklin won his third straight as he approaches 20 wins on the season, making 18 saves.
Pekka Rinne was a workhorse for the Predators, managing to stop 46 of the 50 shots he faced in a nonstop offensive assault by Detroit.
With the win, Detroit improved to 10-1-1 against their division, which they lead by 13 points over the Blackhawks. They weren’t, however, able to make any ground on the Sharks who downed Boston 5-2 to surpass the 80 point mark and snap out of their three game losing streak.
ProHockey-fans.com Detroit Red Wings Correspondent