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WINGS POSTGAME: Motown meltdown…again

After allowing seven goals against the Carolina Hurricanes and getting shut out against the Florida Panthers, the Detroit Red Wings returned to Little Caesars Arena looking to put a horrendous weekend behind them.

While Detroit managed to grab a first-period lead. the Nashville Predators scored five straight goals in the second period on their way to a 6-1 win Tuesday night.

Thoughts and Highlights

  • The Red Wings managed to hold a slim 1-0 lead after one period despite being outattempted 18-7.
  • Then the second period happened, and the puck possession the Predators enjoyed in the first period started to pay off in the second period.
  • The Red Wings have allowed at least five goals in eight of their 16 games this season. They allowed more than five 19 times last season.
  • Andreas Athanasiou finally broke his goalless drought, scoring his first of the season after a nice heads-up play from Filip Hronek.

  • Early in the second period, the Predators tied it at 1-1, as a shot from Dan Hamhuis was deflected by Nick Bonino.
  • About three minutes later, the Predators took the lead off a nice wrister from Kyle Turris.
  • And just 1:02 later, Colton Sissons beat Jimmy Howard on the far side to put the Predators up 3-1.
  • And the onslaught continued another 1:02 later, as Matt Duchene‘s shot deflected off Madison Bowey‘s stick and past Howard for the 4-1 lead.
  • Late in the second period, after Jonathan Bernier replaced Howard in net, Duchene put in a rebound to notch his second of the game and put the Predators up 5-1.
  • Filip Forsberg added salt to the wound, scoring on the power play to increase the lead to 6-1 in the third period.

Gif of the Game

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When you see that first-period lead turn into a four-goal deficit.

Motor City MVP

Andreas Athanasiou

After 14 games, the 25-year-old finally scored his first goal of the season and now has six points, good for fifth on the team. No, that’s not a typo. It’s not great, Bob.

But, from an individual standpoint, this should give Athanasiou some confidence going forward, and we’ll see if he can start scoring in bunches.