Late goal sends Nashville Predators past Detroit Red Wings 3-2


In a season when losses are already on the rise, this has been a heartbreaker for the Detroit Red Wings. One that sticks a little more than the others.

Nashville’s Dante Fabbro scored with a minute to go, sending the Predators to a 3-2 win over the Red Wings.

The wings were unable to clear the puck and it eventually landed on Fabbro’s stick, whose shot from the top escaped goalkeeper Thomas Greiss through a maze of bodies.

Nashville Predators Center Matt Duchene, 95, is congratulated by Roman Josi, 59, after Duchene scored a goal in the second half.

“It was a tough one, easy hockey,” said striker Dylan Larkin. “We didn’t take the puck out and it came back, we played a tough game, (but) we have to hit the puck and we can’t give up a last minute goal. It was a tough pill to swallow.”

The wings (3-10-2) seemed to have at least one point in the overall standings thanks to another good defensive excursion. But instead it was a terrible punch in the stomach.

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“Definitely frustrating,” said coach Jeff Blashill. “We put ourselves in the position of winning another hockey game and we didn’t finish it. That’s the step we have to take.

“We have to respond to it. This is what life is about. We have to wake up in the morning and sit up, look in the mirror, and keep trying to get better. A stroke is a stroke and you have no choice if you get it or not We have it and we need to stand up and get better. “

The loss ended the Wings ‘six-game winning streak in Nashville and was only the Wings’ third loss in their last 13 games overall against Nashville.

Robby Fabbri and Marc Staal scored a goal for the wings, while Ryan Ellis (power play) and Matt Duchene responded for Nashville.

The teams will finish the two-game series on Saturday in Nashville (8 p.m. / Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1).

“At the moment we are not getting any results, but we are finding our identity and the way we have to work every day,” said striker Frans Nielsen. “If we realize it and keep finding the way to do it and play that hard, we’ll get results.”

Duchene gave Nashville a 2-1 lead at 19:19 in the second half.

The Predators won a draw in the opposite zone, broke out, and Calle Jarnkrok found Duchene heading to the net. Duchene tapped the puck for his third goal past Greiss.

BOX SCORE: Predators 3, Red Wings 2

But the wings responded quickly.

Bobby Ryan found Staal running down the wing and Staal shot past goalkeeper Pekka Rinne just 14 seconds after Duchenes goal, Staal’s second goal.

Nashville took the lead in Ellis’ Powerplay thanks to a beautiful pass from Filip Forsberg over the slot. Ellis scored his second goal at 2:48 pm.

But the wings responded late in the period.

Anthony Mantha, who had another promising game after his bench last week – stopped three minutes before the end of the game on the runaway – won a puck fight on the boards and found Fabbri near the point. Fabbri scored his third goal at 7:26 pm, making it 1-1.

“He (mantha) was really good,” said Blashill. “He was excellent. Strong on his racket, won a lot of battles, worked hard and skated, done a lot of great things. Anthony’s game is going the right way. The other night was good and that was better. This is a huge ray of hope for us us. “

It was another disappointing night for the Wings power play, which went 4-0 despite the Wings penalty kick stopping the 4-4 power play in Nashville.

The power game continues to plague the Wings game.

“One of the recipes for a bad power play is to lose the faceoff and not get into the zone,” said Blashill. “We were never set up.”

The Wings lost striker Darren Helm in the first period with an upper body injury. Blashill wasn’t sure about Helm’s status for Saturday.

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Dusty Kennedy