The Predators came out on top of last night's tightly contested game against the Red Wings that doubled as a spectacular goaltending showcase, 3-2.
Last night marked the Preds' first home win against Detroit in their previous six meetings at Bridgestone Arena. Additionally, it was the Preds' first regulation win since Jan. 16 during their opening series against the Blue Jackets. Beating one of the few teams in the league that are worse than the Preds (and that are missing their leading scorer) by a single goal isn't groundbreaking, but it's certainly a start.
Pekka Rinne and Thomas Greiss put on simultaneous clinics at opposite ends of the ice, making impossible save after impossible save and giving the game a steady pulse. Rinne looked like vintage Rinne, making 24 saves for a .923 save percentage and thoroughly stoning Anthony Mantha not once, but twice. Worry not, Mantha expressed his respect to Rinne on the first iteration.
It looked as if the Preds were doomed to repeat their habit of never having the lead in a game and either losing or winning in overtime when Marc Staal evened up the game 14 seconds after Matt Duchene put the Preds up 2-1. That was until Dante Fabbro put one past Greiss with exactly a minute left in the game.
Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi finished the game with two assists and three shots each. Luke Kunin notched his first point since Jan. 16, assisting on Fabbro's goal. The Preds managed to squeak one power play goal past Greiss in their four chances.
The Preds and Wings will meet again tomorrow night, with Nashville still looking to bounce back from a 1-5-0 stretch in which they were outscored 26-14.