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Detroit Red Wings Rally Twice, but Fall in Overtime

February 20th, 2013 at 4:03 PM
By Frank Vajcner

After being on the wrong end of blown leads for the last few games, the Detroit Red Wings were making the Nashville Predators feel what they had felt.

Except the Predators kept their composure.

After the Red Wings tied the game twice in the third period to force overtime, Nashville's Shea Weber scored on a rebound 44 seconds into the extra session to give the Predators a 4-3 win.

"He has scored in three straight games here," Predators coach Barry Trotz said of Weber. "I just think with the bigger guys, it just takes a little longer to get going, getting your hands, getting your feet, getting your wind getting up ice."

Nashville jumped out to the early lead at 5:01 of the first period when Craig Smith beat Jimmy Howard with a wrist shot on a power play. They added to the lead at 10:41 after Gabriel Borque tipped a shot from Mike Fisher in.

Howard left the game at 11:22 with an apparent upper body injury, and was replaced by Jonas Gustavsson.

Meanwhile, the Wings got on the board at 15:01 as Danny Cleary beat Pekka Rinne with a wrister for his second goal of the year.

Neither team would score in the second period as both Rinne and Gustavsson both made spectacular saves for their teams.

Jordin Tootoo would tie it up at 11:33 against his old team for his first goal as a Red Wing.

The Predators jumped back into the lead as Roman Josi finally solved Gustavsson with an unassisted goal at 12:54.

It took only 36 seconds for the Red Wings to answer, as Pavel Datsyuk went coast-to-coast, skating around all five Nashville skaters before beating Rinne blocker side for his eighth goal of the year (and arguably one of the best in his career).


Neither team would score until 44 seconds into overtime courtesy of Weber knocking a rebound past Gustavsson for the game-winner.

"I thought we battled hard, and I thought we had lots of good players," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. In the end, we didn't have enough and didn't get it done. In this league, we don't get many moral victories."

Rinne stopped 26 shots to earn the win. Gustavsson stopped 16 of 18 in relief.

NOTES: Red Wings' forward Mikael Samuelsson was a late scratch after taking a puck to his left hand during the morning skate


  1. NSH Shea Weber (GW goal, assist)
  2. DET Pavel Datsyuk (goal, assist)
  3. Gabriel Borque (goal)



Tags: Danny Cleary, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, Jimmy Howard, Jonas Gustavsson, Jordin Tootoo, NHL, Pavel Datsyuk

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