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."