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Detroit Red Wings 2, Nashville Predators 1: Datsyuk's dagger keeps Detroit streak alive

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A classic battle between the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings came down to the final moments, and as the Preds looked to melt the clock and take the game to overtime, Pavel Datsyuk pulled off a highlight-reel play to avoid the check of Ryan Suter and score the game-winner with just 5.8 seconds remaining. The Red Wings pulled out the 2-1 win and pushed their home-ice winning streak to 22 games, while the Preds headed out of the building with nothing to show for their effort.

Video highlights and post-game reaction from this one follow after the jump:

Cue the video (might take 30-45 minutes post-game to work):

Your random observations:

  • The Red Wings played their typical keep-away style of hockey to open things up, and the Johan Franzen goal to get Detroit on the board came after Datsyuk and Bertuzzi pulled Shea Weber and Ryan Suter out of good defensive position. While it looked pretty nasty for the Nashville D, it's not unusual for the Red Wings to do that to a number of opponents.
  • Nice job by Hal Gill to do a 1st intermission interview barefoot, however.
  • Sometimes you never know how quickly fortunes can change. Moments after Martin Erat was stoned on a breakaway attempt, the Wilson-Spaling-Tootoo line evened things up, after getting singled out by Barry Trotz between periods.
  • Pekka Rinne was nothing less than outstanding, facing some serious pressure at times and holding the Red Wings at bay to keep the Preds in it. This could easily have gotten out of hand early.
  • As for the game winner? That's simply a world-class move by a world-class player. While most of us like the way the Preds bolstered the blueline today by picking up Hal Gill, that kind of play shows that the Preds need a talent boost up front, too.

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