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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog

GAME 3 FINAL THOUGHTS: Nashville 3, Red Wings 2

Sunday, 04.15.2012 / 4:40 PM ET
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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog


THE AMWAY QUALITY PLAY OF THE GAME


Pavel Datsyuk could be charged with a crime for this. That’s the work of a certified puck thief behind the net, pure and simple.

With the Red Wings down 2-0 and playing four-on-four hockey, Datsyuk picked Roman Josi’s pocket behind the net, then poked one past Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne to make it a one-goal game. Detroit used the momentum to create numerous scoring chances over the final 4:57 of the second period, including a goal by Johan Franzen that didn’t count because it crossed the goal line milliseconds after the period had ended.

“We were right back in it after that,” Cory Emmerton said of the goal. “Especially with the atmosphere in the building, one goal was going to be a huge boost for us. When you see a great player make a great play like that, it’s going to pump you up even more.”




TONIGHT’S THREE STARS, POWERED BY RAM
1) Shea Weber – His first period goal was the first for the Predators on the power play in this series, beating goaltender Jimmy Howard just 2:48 into the game. 
2) Pekka Rinne – Stopped 41 of 43 shots en route to his second win of the series. 
3) Pavel Datsyuk – His highlight-reel goal in the second period was a turning point for the Red Wings, who were able to tilt the ice thereafter. 

TWEET OF THE NIGHT: @SuperGirl30: The JLA environment is awesome, even after NSH scores. They start right up with a ‘Let’s Go Red Wings’ chant! #DetroitPride #DRWChat

THEY SAID IT:


“We have to find a way to stay out of the box. It kind of kills your rhythm, trying to roll four lines and with the rotation on the back end as well. We have to do a better job with that. – Nick Lidstrom

"Let's be honest, if you look at the game, the puck didn't go in for us. It did for them and we've got to change that next game."
– Mike Babcock

“It was close there at the end of the second period. I felt for sure we’d get one pretty early in the third. They have a great goalie and a great defensive team. They were going to limit the number of second chances we had.”
Cory Emmerton

“I think the biggest thing for us in the next game is to get the first goal. We got the first goal in Game 2 and we were okay there, so I think that’s a huge thing for us.”
Kyle Quincey

“Getting that goal (Weber) was real huge. I thought the first period we did what we wanted to do. We know it was going to be a real hostile environment and it started right from the start. Our guys had real good focus.
– Predators coach Barry Trotz

JOE LOUIS ARENA SHINES:


The old barn can still give chills on occasion.

The first playoff game on home-ice is always special. This was no different, with an outstanding pregame production that included on-ice lighting, the emergence of Al the Octopus and 20,000 screaming fans waving red glow sticks in unison. It created an electric playoff setting as Red Wings players took the ice.

THE STREAK IS OVER:
The talk coming into Game 3 was about the job Detroit had done shutting down Nashville’s top ranked power play. However, the Predators flipped the script just 2:48 into Sunday’s matchup as Drew Miller was whistled for interfering with Rinne, then Pavel Datsyuk’s stick broke mid-kill and Shea Weber finished off a hectic sequence in front of Jimmy Howard by scoring the first power play goal on the Red Wings since March 24, a streak that was at 37 straight at the time of the Miller penalty.

“I think that the odds are just not in your favor when you take so many penalties,” said Kyle Quincey. “I thought we did a good job on the penalty kill. We just let that one goal go in.”

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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