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The Red Wings started off the game about as well as they could have hoped. On just their first shot of the game against rookie goaltender Carter Hutton, Riley Sheahan and Gustav Nyquist came in on a 2-on-1. Sheahan released a saucer pass to Nyquist, who beautifully one-timed it into the net roughly a minute into the game. Halfway through the period, on just the Red Wings’ third shot of the game, Kyle Quincey let a shot off from the point that deflected off two Nashville defenders on the way and past Hutton for the 2-0 lead. Then just 1:10 later, Tomas Tatar let off a wrister from the faceoff circle with Sheahan providing a screen in front, and the puck found its way in far-corner for the 3-0 lead. Hutton would then be pulled after letting in 3 goals on 4 shots, and replaced by Marek Mazenec. Nashville would manage a goal before the closing of the period, when Mattias Ekholm let a shot off through traffic off a turnover, and had it deflect off the shaft of Petr Mrazek’s goal stick and into the net.
The second period was just as successful for the Red Wings. Just after the start, on a power play, Henrik Zetterberg would score one of his more unbelievable goals of the season from behind the goal line, when he banked it off of Mazanec’s helmet, bounced off his shoulder, and then into the top-corner of the net. Tatar would get his second of the night, and 20th of the season, on another power play (in which the Red Wings went 100% on the night). Sheahan would put the puck towards the net from behind, and Tatar came in out front and batted it out of mid-air and into the net for the 5-1 Red Wings lead after two.
Nashville would slightly cut the lead to start the third, when they started out on a power play. Mrazek stopped a shot from the point, but Mike Fisher snuck in and corralled the rebound to backhand it in for the 5-2 score. The goaltenders took over after that point, and the 5-2 score would stand as the final, as the Predators’ win streak stopped at 5, and the Red Wings’ streak extended to 3.