The Nashville Predators did not give up much. Ultimately, though, they came away with nothing.
Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk scored the decisive goal with 5.8 seconds remaining and sent the Predators to a 2-1 defeat Friday at Detroit. Datsyuk got past defenseman Ryan Suter and beat goalie Pekka Rinne high to the stick side for the game-winner.
With the victory, the Red Wings extended their NHL single-season record for consecutive home wins to 22 and matched the overall record set by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins.
Nashville had won seven straight against Central Division opponents and had the league’s best intra-division record at 13-2-2 coming into the contest. All of their regulation defeats have come against the Red Wings, two of which are a part of Detroit’s current home win streak.
Nick Spaling tied it 1-1 with 5:02 to play in the second period after Jordin Tootoo created a turnover with a heavy forecheck. Spaling’s goal was his ninth of the season, a career-high.
The score remained that way until Datsyuk’s 16th goal of the season — his fifth game-winner and second against Nashville. Datsyuk also had an assist on Johan Franzen’s first-period goal that gave Detroit the early lead.
The Red Wings outshot the Predators 31-21 in a tight checking game that included just three penalties and no power play goals.
The last time the Predators gave up two goals or fewer and lost was Nov. 29, when they lost 1-0 to Calgary. Coincidentally, the Flames also were the last visiting team to win a game at Joe Louis Arena.