DETROIT (AP)—The Detroit Red Wings dominated Nashville by playing well in every facet of the game.
“I think we got a lot of good performances,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said in an understatement.
Legace only had to stop 20 shots to stretch his scoreless streak to 165 minutes, 6 seconds. It was the 11th shutout of his career.
“I got some bounces in the last couple of games,” he said. “I hope it keeps up.”
“We didn’t execute, we didn’t work hard, we didn’t finish our checks,” Nashville’s Paul Kariya said. “If you give that team the time and space with the puck they’re going to take you apart. We didn’t take away time and space.”
The Red Wings opened the scoring just 1:23 in when Lidstrom’s slap shot from the left point deflected off a Nashville player and past goalie Tomas Vokoun. It was Lidstrom’s 11th of the season.
Detroit scored three goals in the second period, blowing the game open as it outshot the Predators 20-2 in the period.
Shanahan made it 2-0 with his 25th goal at 7:14 on a wrist shot from the right circle. Schneider got his 17th just 1:22 later on a slap shot from the left circle. Zetterberg’s 25th, which came on a power play, capped the scoring for the period. After knocking down the rebound of Lidstrom’s shot from the point, he calmly flipped it into an open net.
“The second period, we really came out like we wanted,” Shanahan said, “and took the game over. They seemed like a tired team tonight.”
The Predators pulled Vokoun after the second period and replaced him with Chris Mason to start the third.
“Everybody has to be accountable in the dressing room and you’ve got to do the job,” Vokoun said. “You can only control what you can do. I don’t know the reason why, but definitely some people just weren’t ready or didn’t play hard enough, that’s just how it was. I don’t know the reason.”
Samuelsson and Datsyuk each added their 20th goal in the third period.
The teams play again Thursday night in Nashville.
“It’s going to be a different game tomorrow, for sure,” Zetterberg said.
Nashville RW Scott Walker missed the game because of a wrist injury. … Zetterberg stretched his point streak to five games (three goals and six assists). … The Red Wings have killed 37 consecutive penalties over the last seven games. The Predators were 0-for-2 on the power play.