|DET||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|NSH||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||4|
The Predators scored on three of their first four shots to grab a 3-0 lead 8:49 into the game and then cruised to a 4-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at the Sommet Center. Chris Mason was stellar in net, stopping 40 shots and limited the league's second-highest scoring team to just two power-play goals.
The trio of Jason Arnott, J.P. Dumont, and Alexander Radulov continued their torrid play, contributing three goals and three assists on the night. They had two goals and seven points on Sunday at Phoenix and have combined for 29 goals and 71 points in the 21 games they've played as a line.
|Highlights: Predators 4,
Red Wings 2
Strong forechecking by the Arnott line led to the Predators first goal just 2:25 into the game. They created a turnover in the left wing corner. Arnott came up with the puck and banked a pass behind the net to Dumont sliding into the empty space on the right wing. Dumont controlled the puck and slid a pass back to Arnott, who hurried into the right wing face-off circle. Arnott snapped the puck to the front of the net where Radulov deflected it to himself and slid across the crease and roofed a shot for his 22nd goal of the season.
The Preds extended the lead 1:17 later on Martin Erat's 17th goal. Dan Hamhuis created the score with a strong play at the right point. Hamhuis held the puck in at the blue line and, with a Detroit forward harassing him, slid a pin-point pass to Erat in the slot. Erat, alone in front of the net with Rich Peverley on a two-on-goalie situation, passed across the crease to Peverley at the far post. Peverley one-timed a pass back across to Erat for the tap-in.
Dumont redirected Arnott's pass for his 21st of the season at the 8:49 mark to give Nashville a 3-0 lead. Jimmy Howard replaced Chris Osgood in the Detroit nets following Dumont's goal.
The Red Wings got on the board with a power-play goal early in the second period, Johan Franzen's 12th tally of the year. The teams traded goals later in the period to give the Predators a 4-2 lead heading into the second intermission. Radulov converted a breakaway at the 14:26 mark to make it 4-1 Nashville and Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk responded at the 17:41 mark off a rebound on a five-on-three power-play.
The Preds killed off a pair of penalties early in the third period to maintain the two goal advantage and then utilized a pair of power-play chances of their own to help drain the clock later in the period.
Nashville is 11-5-4 against Central Division opponents this season, including a 2-1-1 record against Detroit ... The Predators have posted a 4-1-1 record in the month of February and a 12-4-4 mark since Jan. 1 ... Nashville is 5-0-1 in its last six home games to improve to 18-8-3 at home on the season ... Mason is 2-0-1 against Detroit this season with a 1.95 goals against average and .949 save percentage. Mason has stopped 111 shots in his three games against Detroit this year, an average of 37 saves per game ... Mason is 4-0-0 in his last four home starts with a 1.75 goals against average and .950 save percentage ... Radulov has 16 goals and 25 points in 24 games since Christmas, after opening the season with seven goals and 21 points in 34 games before Christmas.
Head Coach Barry Trotz
On giving a great pre-game speech… "No, that wasn’t it at all. We know that they’re a good hockey team and wanted to have a great start and come out strong. I thought we did that and created a couple of turnovers and were able to score off of our hard work. We used our transitions to advance and came out tonight and played a little “Detroit hockey.” We jumped on them early and sat back a little after that, but they came back at us strong in the second. We took too many penalties, which is not good for us because Detroit is dangerous on the power play."
On scoring the first three goals early… "It’s the flow of hockey for us right now and the last couple of games we’ve had strong first periods where we’ve taken an early lead. This didn’t really happen by design but by our guys playing solid defense and creating turnovers where we were able to control the puck and score. The first period we checked well and had great gaps which created turnovers. We executed off the transition well, but in the second and third we got away from that and let Detroit come back."
On going up 3-0 early and knowing they’re going to come back at some point ... "Detroit throws everything at the net and they’re one of the best at what they do by creating good offense from good defense and creating offense off the rush and the power play. They are just a high-execution team and have some dynamic guys and are never counted out of the game. If we get three goals, then they are easily capable of getting five so I thought that in the second period Mason did a great job of holding them the best he could."
Goaltender Chris Mason
On the quick three goals in the first period... "It does give the goalie a little breathing room but when you are playing Detroit it seems like no lead is safe with those guys. When you sit back and relax that’s where you get beat. We may have sat back a little in the second period but we got back in it and played well."
On the play of Detroit... "They shoot everything and they go to the net. They work extremely hard and they are just banging away. Half the shots you don’t even see because they have guys standing in front of you so you just always have to be ready. But in a way that’s good because you know they are going to shoot it. You just have to be ready for it."
On the way Nashville plays Detroit... "We feel good. We always seem to play them pretty hard regardless of the situation during the season. It’s a pretty good rivalry. We came out and played them pretty hard tonight and got the two points."
Forward J.P. Dumont
On tonight’s game... "We had a quick start and used our speed. We know how good they are when they have a chance to pull the puck and they play really well. We just had to make sure we had a good fore-check and that’s what we did and instead of creating turnovers we put on the pressure and made them have turnovers. And we just capitalized on it and scored some big goals in the first. And that’s the kind of hockey we need to play. It’s playoff mode for us. We had a big first period. After that we sat back but we came back with some big plays and some big saves. We’ll take the two points and be ready for the next game."
|Alexander Radulov (22) ASST: Jason Arnott (32), J-P Dumont (31)|
1 - 0 NSH
|Martin Erat (17) ASST: Rich Peverley (4), Dan Hamhuis (20)|
2 - 0 NSH
|J-P Dumont (21) ASST: Jason Arnott (33), Marek Zidlicky (27)|
3 - 0 NSH
|PPG - Johan Franzen (12) ASST: Valtteri Filppula (12), Jiri Hudler (23)|
3 - 1 NSH
|Alexander Radulov (23) ASST: Martin Erat (25), Ryan Suter (17)|
4 - 1 NSH
|PPG - Pavel Datsyuk (20) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (49)|
4 - 2 NSH
|Nicklas Lidstrom Tripping against Scott Nichol|
|Martin Gelinas Hooking against Kirk Maltby|
|Kris Draper Cross checking against Jason Arnott|
|Jason Arnott Interference against Brian Rafalski|
|Greg De Vries Roughing against Kris Draper|
|Kris Draper Roughing against Greg De Vries|
|Henrik Zetterberg Interference against Jason Arnott|
|Radek Bonk Holding the stick against Derek Meech|
|Scott Nichol Hooking against Henrik Zetterberg|
|Greg Zanon Tripping against Valtteri Filppula|
|Marek Zidlicky Hi-sticking against Tomas Kopecky|
|Tomas Holmstrom Slashing against Ryan Suter|
|Tomas Holmstrom Roughing against Dan Hamhuis|
|SA: 4||TOI: 8:49|
|Saves: 1||EV: 1 - 4|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: .250||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 19||TOI: 49:37|
|Saves: 18||EV: 10 - 11|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 8|
|SV%: .947||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 42||TOI: 59:54|
|Saves: 40||EV: 26 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 13 - 15|
|SV%: .952||SH: 1 - 1|