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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog

GAME 1 FINAL THOUGHTS: Nashville 3, Red Wings 2

Thursday, 04.12.2012 / 12:41 AM ET
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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog


THE AMWAY QUALITY PLAY OF THE GAME


How about the special teams? Both of the Red Wings goals came on the power play, including this Henrik Zetterberg tally that tied the game 2:29 into the second period. Detroit was also six-for-six shorthanded, having now killed off 31 consecutive penalties over their last eight games.

“The guys did a tremendous job on the penalty kill all night,” Jimmy Howard said. “We’re going to continue to need that effort the rest of the series here.”



TONIGHT’S THREE STARS, POWERED BY RAM
1) Gabriel Bourque – His two goals, including the game-winner 11:35 into the third period, were the difference in the game.
2) Pekka Rinne – Made 35 saves en route to the victory, none better than a sprawling third period glove save on Henrik Zetterberg to keep Nashville ahead 2-1.
3) Paul Gaustad – Scored Nashville’s first goal of the night at the 6:59 mark of the first period.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT: @HockeyPuckQueen: Pass the ginger ale, Mickey Redmond is trending. #DRWChat

THEY SAID IT: “It could have been a tie going into overtime, but that’s the kind of series I think we’re going to expect. It’s going to be a real close series and you have to take care of your own zone and play well defensively. We’ve got to go get more shots on net too.”
– Nick Lidstrom

We turned it around after the first period. We were in the box a lot there in the first and we turned it around. We carried the play for the majority, but Pekka [Rinne] made some great saves for them, and that was the game.
Jimmy Howard

I thought we deserved a little better, but that’s why they call it a series. There’s more than one game and we have the opportunity to make up for it. We’re just going to come out and continue with the same effort we had in the last two periods, at least. I think we’ll be alright; that’s the way these series tend to be.
Brad Stuart


PUCK LUCK: You can’t score without throwing the puck at the net and Nashville’s first two goals were an example of that. Paul Gaustad fired a puck from behind the net at the crease, banking off of Brad Stuart and in. Matt Halischuk’s second period blast from the point was deflected by Bourque, beating Howard in the corner to make it 2-1.

“Let’s be honest. I mean, the first goal and their second goal were kind of seeing-eye pucks,” Mike Babcock said. “Those things happen in the playoffs.”

“They won tonight. We’ve got to come back the next game, so let’s go.”

TOO MANY PENALTIES: Nashville and Detroit were the least penalized teams in the NHL during the regular season, averaging 8.4 minutes and 8.5 minutes per game respectively.

Tonight the penalty bug was contagious, with seven different Red Wings getting set to the sin bin, while Nashville was booked 10 times. Only 37:25 of Game 1 was played at even strength.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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