I've never been so thankful to have had to work a University of Michigan hockey game on the same night as a Wings game. If you want to read a game recap with a positive ending, you can read my game recap of the U-M hockey game. Fortunately, I was unable to watch the Nashville Predators steamroll the Detroit Red Wings. The 8-0 loss was the first time they had been shut out since Feb. 22, 2008, and it was the first time they've allowed that many goals since a 9-4 loss on Jan. 4, 2007.
Dirk over at On the Forecheck must be feeling great, although I disagree with his blog post title that it was a win over a rival.
Nashville scored five unanswered goals in a span of six minutes in the first period. Detroit last allowed five goals in a single period on Feb. 12, 2007, when the Wings lost 6-1 at Philadelphia. It was the first time since March 11, 1993, that the Wings allowed five goals in the first period.
Ty Conklin allowed four goals on nine shots. After Antti Pihlstrom scored Nashville's fourth goal at 9:51, head coach Mike Babcock pulled Conklin and inserted Chris Osgood into the goal. Unfortunately that didn't help much as Jason Arnott scored his first goal of the night at 10:48. Arnott would go on to post a hat trick with a goal in each period. Osgood would allow four goals on just 14 shots in the loss.
I'm not going to go into detail describing the eight Nashville goals because I know none of you want to read it. The loss sucked -- simply stunning and unexpected. I mean the Wings have only allowed 11 goals in the past five games so to yield eight in one night is a hard pill to swallow. I'm not surprised that the Wings lost to a team fighting for a playoff spot on the second night of a back-to-back, but losing 8-0? That's just bad.
Christy's Red Wing of the Game: No One
The Wings head to St. Louis to face off against the Blues on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.