Weber scores two late goals as Predators dump Detroit

Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 8:32pm
Staff reports

Shea Weber scored twice in 2:48 in the closing minutes as the Nashville Predators ran their season-high win streak to four games with a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

Weber tied it 3-3 on a power play goal with 4:24 remaining and put Nashville ahead for the first time with 1:36 to go.

It was the Predators’ ninth straight one-goal game and their sixth victory in that stretch. They also evened the season series with Detroit at one victory apiece despite being outshot 40-21.

"It shows a lot of character, especially when we don’t play our best game," Weber said. "We played a lot of time in our end shutting them down, but we showed character and a lot of determination.

"They had a lot of shots, but the number of quality scoring chances were not that high."

Detroit, which also had won its previous three, went ahead 3-1 with two goals in a span of 87 seconds in the second period. The first was a power play goal by Henrik Zetterberg. The Red Wings also went ahead 1-0 on the power play when Tomas Holmstrom scored 5:15 into the contest.

Weber’s game-tying goal came on Nashville’s only power play of the contest, which was the result of a tripping call against Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

"We don’t want to give up any power-play goals no matter who the team is, but obviously they do have skill and if you do screw up a little bit they are going to make you pay," Nick Spaling said.

David Legwand tied it 1-1 at 10:09 of the first period, and Jordin Tootoo started the comeback at 17:22 of the second period.

Tootoo recorded a goal and an assist, which gave him five points in his last five games. Martin Erat added a pair of assists.

"Special teams wins and loses games," Tootoo said. "[Thursday] we were able to tie up the game and switch the momentum over.

"We just wanted to keep rolling."

3 Comments on this post:

By: MusicCity615 on 12/16/11 at 8:57

GREAT WIN. GO PREDATORS!!!!

By: sharko20 on 12/16/11 at 10:17

The Wings talent was on display last night, but the Preds played hard and got the win. Detroit put on a clinic in puck control. It was amazing how many chances they got on the rush. Thanks Pekka. The Preds were seriously out shot. Love to see the Wings fans go home sad.

By: Sinatra on 12/16/11 at 1:14

I know the Predators well enough to know when to turn off the game. I truned it off after the WIngs 2nd goal. Looked like I was right for the next 20 minutes. BUt I'm turning out to be wrong this season. I don't know how Trotz does it every season with the mediocrity we put on the ice every night. But he does it. And I follow. And I go every year for a dozen years.