Detroit Red Wings end road trip with gem, defeat Nashville Predators 4-2
This was one of those games the Red Wings have had few of in recent years.
Everything worked for the Wings, and many players contributed (including some unexpected sources) as the Wings beat the Nashville Predators 4-2
The Wings (4-10-2) saved part of the two-game series in Nashville – they took a 2-4-0 lead on that trip – and will now return to Little Caears Arena on Monday against Chicago, to start their own six-game homestand.
“We felt like we played well lately and didn’t come out with the two points,” he said. Striker Adam Erne who scored a goal. “This is our next step to get away with these games and that has been huge for us. Hopefully we can carry that through Monday.”
Robby Fabbri (third goal in four games), Erne (first goal in 36 games, from last season), Luke Glendening (first goal in 42 games) and Anthony Mantha scored goals for the Wings.
Goalkeeper Jonathan Bernier, who had not started a game since January 28 due to an upper body injury, stopped 20 shots, was not overwhelmed, but made some timely, needed saves.
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“Bernie made some big saves early on, big chances, and you can keep playing and forget those mistakes and then you build the lead,” said Blashill.
Despite the free time, Bernier felt keen.
“A bit tired towards the end, I didn’t really have much practice time to get in shape, but overall I saw the puck pretty well,” said Bernier.
Nashville’s Filip Forsberg scored the Predators’ first goal, putting a puck from Marc Staal’s skate past Bernier at 7:57 a.m. of the third half.
But Mantha put an end to tension with his fifth goal, a 2-1 rush that restored the Wings’ lead by three goals before Rocco Grimaldi scored for Nashville in the final seconds.
“We played pretty good (five) games in a row here,” said Blashill. “We could have rewarded the last game against Nashville (last minute loss). So it’s good to find ways to win. We came out after a loss and we talked as a group. These are the moments demonstrate.” your character and you have to come back and play great hockey. “
Fabbri opened the scoring with his fourth goal and at 4:59 a.m. shot a quick shot from a Valtteri Filppula feed behind the net.
BOX SCORE: Red Wings 4, Predators 2
The wings expect Fabbri to score. But scoring goals from quarter-finalists Erne and Glendening could have been an omen of good things to come.
Erne skated down the ice and shot past Predator goalkeeper Pekka Rinne at 12:24 p.m.
Bernier retained the lead by two goals with a save against Matt Duchene, just 2 seconds left in the first half.
“He just couldn’t believe it,” said Bernier, who caught one of Duchene’s ears after the rescue. “He made a good move and it’s a slow moving puck that goes into the net so I was just trying to cover the lower part and he didn’t shoot it right away so I got lucky there.”
Glendening extended the lead to 3-0 with his first goal at 5:22 p.m. in the second half and returned a shot that hit Rinne and fell into the net.
Glendening returned to the line-up after three missed games with an upper body injury and scored his first three points of the season (his first three-point game of his career), assisting Erne and Mantha’s goals.
“It was good to have him back, he’s a big part of our team,” said Blashill. “We got knocked out in the faceoff circle the other day and he can win big faceoffs. He’s a big man with heart and soul and our boys know what he brings to the table.
“It is good for him to be rewarded offensively. He has worked very hard on his skills to make himself a better hockey player.”