Just what the doctor ordered: a five-goal second period which eventually led to a 6-1 Predators win in Detroit.
After two straight disappointing losses, the Preds absolutely needed to start this road trip off right. And it didn't look like that ould become a reality after the first period.
Andreas Athanasiou gave the Red Wings the early lead, beating Pekka Rinne on his stick side. The shot total was just 7-5 at the end of the first period, and the Preds had to kill two of their own penalties in the process.
The second period was, well, something else. Nick Bonino scored his fifth goal in four games about two minutes into the frame, tipping a quick Dan Hamhuis snapshot past Detroit's Jimmy Howard to tie the game at one.
Things started to get out of hand after that, at least for the Red Wings.
Kyle Turris picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, strolled into Detroit's zone, and buried a wrist shot in the top right corner of Howard's net. 2-1 Preds. One minute and two seconds later, Colton Sissons broke away with Austin Watson and beat Howard on a rising wrist shot through his five-hole. Ryan Ellis recorded his 13th assist of the season and Pekka Rinne recorded his first on Sissons' goal. Another one minute and two seconds later, Matt Duchene bounced back. Seemingly just trying to put it on net, Duchene's shot dribbled past Howard to make it 4-1 Preds. Though it wasn't another 1:02 later, Duchene scored the Preds' fifth goal on the power play near the end of the second period. Gathering up Filip Forsberg's slapshot attempt in front of Howard, Duchene backhanded the puck neatly into the net. 5-1 Preds.
The Preds stifled any last comeback attempt the Red Wings tried to make in the third period. Not only that, but they dug them into an even deeper 6-1 hole. Forsberg ripped the Preds' second power play goal of the night through traffic and past Howard on a feed from Roman Josi. Ryan Johansen secured the secondary assist.
Forsberg, Duchene, and Josi each recorded two points tonight, and Watson tallied seven hits. Additionally, the team went 2 for 4 on the power play.
The Preds will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to Denver to take on the Avalanche.