In the season of 2013-14, it can down in the record books as a Nashville Predators domination in the rivalry between the Detroit Red Wings. The first meeting between the two was a defensive battle that resulted in a 2-0 Nashville victory at Joe Louis Arena on November 19. Monday night, it was an offensive showcase, surprisingly in favor of the Predators once more.
Scoring wasn't a premium early on. It took 1:54 after the opening faceoff before Colin Wilson scored the first goal of the game. Jimmy Howard, who made twenty-three saves in his return from injured reserve, gave up quite a few soft goals. Wilson's was one of them.
Justin Abdelkader answered back for the Red Wings 1:06 later to tie the game at one.
Craig Smith at 9:50 in the first and Nick Spaling at 4:24 in the second tallied to give the Predators the two-goal lead that Detroit could not battle through for the remainder of the game. Detroit traded off goals and cut the lead to one three times, but could never tie the game.
The third period saw goals galore. A total of six, three each team, pucks crossed the goal line. Pavel Datsyuk, Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves (power play) scored for the Red Wings. Mike Fisher, Wilson and Roman Josi (empty net; power play) found the back of the net for the Predators.
Fisher was superb for his club, notching a Gordie Howe hat-trick — a first-period assist, a second-period fight and a goal and an assist in the third period.
Through all the excitement and back-and-forth play, Nashville pulled off a 6-4 win, which will hopefully be a building block in a long win streak.
– Marek Mazanec lost his stick twice which led to two Detroit third period goals. Someone has to give the young Czech netminder grip tape on the handle to allow him keep his stick in his hand. I know goalie coach Mitch Korn isn't too fond of it because it slows down the poke check, but it may be a necessity for Mazanec right now.
– It will be fun to see how this game is portrayed on HBO's 24/7. Obviously it will be all gloom and doom from the Red Wings' point-of-view, but as a Preds fan, that should be something enjoyable to watch. If I'm not mistaken, the next, and maybe final, episode will be this Saturday.
– Colin Wilson has turned his game up a notch since assisting on Mike Fisher's game-winner Saturay night. Wilson scored twice and assisted once Monday night. Hopefully this Wilson can perform on nightly basis.
NSH 0-1: Colin Wilson – Jones and Fisher at 1:54 in the 1st
DET 1-1: Justin Abdelkader – Miller at 3:00 in the 1st
NSH 1-2: Craig Smith – Gaustad at 9:50 in the 1st
NSH 1-3: Nick Spaling – Smith at 4:24 in the 2nd
DET 2-3: Pavel Datsyuk – Kronwall at 0:35 in the 3rd
NSH 2-4: Mike Fisher – Wilson and Hornqvist at 5:50 in the 3rd
DET 3-4: Drew Miller – Quincey and Helm at 11:30 in the 3rd
NSH 3-5: Colin Wilson – Jones (2) and Fisher (2) at 12:07 in the 3rd
DET 4-5: PP Patrick Eaves – Zetterberg and Kronwall (2) at 14:52 in the 3rd
NSH 4-6: PP EN Roman Josi – Cullen at 19:41 in the 3rd
NSH: Marek Mazanec (W) – 21 saves on 25 shots; played 60:00
DET: Jimmy Howard (L) – 23 saves on 28 shots; played 59:22
My Three Stars
1. Colin Wilson: 2 Goals, Assist
2. Mike Fisher: Goal, 2 Assists
3. Seth Jones: 2 Assists
Line Up Report
Predators scratches: Clune and Bartley
Predators starters: Bourque, Cullen, Stalberg, Ellis, Klein and Mazanec
Red Wings scratches: Alfredsson, Samuelsson and Gustavsson
Red Wings starters: Abdelkader, Helm, Eaves, Quincey, Dekeyser and Howard