NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Nashville|
(Saturday, March 27th)
Final Score: Detroit 1, Nashville 0 (SO)
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Niklas Kronwall supplemented Jimmy Howard's
second shutout of the season with the game-winning shootout tally, and Detroit
picked up two crucial points in the playoff race with a 1-0 win over
Kronwall began the 11th round of the shootout with a backhand shot between the
legs of Predators' goaltender Pekka Rinne. Francis Bouillon had an opportunity
to extend the marathon, but his shot was easily stopped by Howard to end the
Howard made 33 saves in regulation and overtime before stopping 10-of-11 shots
in the shootout for Detroit, which has won a season-high five straight games
to jump into sixth in the West, one point ahead of Los Angeles and two in
front of Colorado. The Avs lost, 6-2, to Phoenix on Saturday, and the Kings
dropped a 4-1 decision to the Stars.
"We practice (shootouts), but it's a little different in the games," Howard
said. "I just stayed out there and let those guys make the first move."
Rinne made 38 stops to notch his seventh whitewash of 2009-10 but allowed two
goals on 11 shots in the shootout to receive the hard-luck loss. Nashville had
won seven of its last eight and stands just one point ahead of the Red Wings
for fifth place in the conference.
"Obviously, I was mad after the game," Rinne said. "It was a solid effort, a
big one point."
The Preds had three power play opportunities in the game, all in the first
period, but Howard stopped all 13 shots he faced in the frame to keep the game
Bouillon was called for two penalties in the middle stanza, but Detroit could
not take advantage. Rinne recorded 15 saves in the second period to send the
game into the third tied, 0-0.
Both teams put together a vailiant attack in the penalty-less third period,
but Howard made 12 stops while Rinne had 11 to send the game to overtime. Each
team registered just one shot in the extra five minutes before a shootout was
The Red Wings are 8-0-1 in their last nine games and improved to 11-2-1 since
the Olympic break...The Red Wings lead the season series, 4-1, and have won
four straight...Detroit upped its record to 5-9 in shootouts this season, and
the Predators fell to 7-4...The shootout fell just four rounds shy of tying
the all-time record for longest shootout, set by the Rangers and Capitals in
03/28 01:43:48 ET