The Fangover: Predators beat the Red Wings 2-0

Marek Mazanec stopped all 27 shots he faced for his first NHL shutout to lead the Predators to a 2-0 win over the Red Wings, who have now lost seven straight.

 

The Red Wings haven’t lost seven straight since the 01-02 season

 

Shea Weber scored a power play goal to break a scoreless tie at 19:55 of the second period.  Weber took a pass from David Legwand and hammered a slap shot from the point past Jimmy Howard to give the Predators a 1-0 lead.  The goal was Weber’s sixth of the season. 

 

Gabriel Bourque scored a goal at 7:13 of the third that gave Nashville a 2-0 lead, which proved to be enough.  Viktor Stalberg intercepted Niklas Kronwall's clearing attempt, skated into Detroit’s zone, and fired a shot that went wide. The puck bounced back in front of the net off the end boards, and Bourque was there to put it past Howard for his third goal of the season.

 

 

Jimmy Howard stopped 25 of 27 shots for the Red Wings.

 

FOUR THOUGHTS/NOTES

 

– Winning back to back versus Chicago and Detroit is definitely a boost for morale.  This is a building block for a team that has struggled to find their identity. 

 

– Mazanec may have won the starting job; for the short term at least.  His save percentage is .971 for the past two games, allowing just 2 goals on 68 shots.

 

– David Legwand continues to produce.  He now has 18 points in the first 21 games this season. We’re right at 25% through the season and thus far, he would be my pick for team MVP.   

 

– Seth Jones got a taste of Pavel Datsyuk, the best one on one player in the world.  Early in the game he seemed a bit overwhelmed at times but, came around as the game went on.  This was a great test for Jones; which in my opinion he passed.

SCORING SUMMARY

 

NSH – 1-0: PP Shea Weber from David Legwand at 19:55 in the 2nd

 

NSH – 2-0: Gabriel Bourque from Viktor Stalberg at 7:13 in the 3rd

 

GOALTENDING STATS

 

NSH: Marek Mazanec (W) – 27 Saves on 27 shots; played 60:00

 

DET: Jimmy Howard (L) – 23 saves on 25 shots; played 58:42

 

 

MY THREE STARS

 

1. Marek Mazanec:  27 saves and first NHL shutout

 

2. Shea Weber:  Power Play Goal

 

3. Jimmy Howard:  23 saves on 25 shots

 

LINE UP REPORT

 

Predators scratches: Forsberg, Nystrom and Ekholm

 

Predators starters: Fisher, Hornqvist, Wilson, Weber, Josi,  and Mazanec

 

Detroit scratches: Alfredsson

 

Detroit starters:  Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Bertuzzi, Ericsson, Kronwall, and Howard

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