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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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80