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PREDS BLITZ TY & OZ.....Nashville 8, RED WINGS 0, Sa 2/28/09
Posted on: 02-28-2009

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>>caption:  ARNOTT (#19) SCORED


    Predators Capt. Jason Arnott
scored his eighth career NHL Hat
Trick and rookie Pekkka Rinne
posted his sixth shutout of the
season in an 8-0 Preds rout over
the Red Wings Saturday night.
    Nashville scored five goals in a
5-min span of the 1st-Per. The first
four came on Detroit's starting goaltender Ty Conklin, who made only 5-SV on
9-SOG before getting chased at the 9:51/1 mark. The first two Preds goals
came just 29-sec apart. Chris Osgood allowed 4-GA with only 10-SV the rest
of the way.
    It wasn't just the Wings goalies who were at fault, however. DEF Brad Stuart
was on the ice for four of the Nashville goals, including Nville's third where
Stuart gave away the puck behind the net and Joel Ward (#11) of the Predators
shot the puck off Stuart's stick, Conklin's back and bounced it across the goalline.
    Ville Koistinen (#3) started the scoring at 4:48/1. Arnott's three goals (#24--#26)
included a 2nd-Per power play marker for his middle goal. David Legwand (#17) on
a wrister, Antti Pihlstrom (#2) on a backhander and Shea Weber (#17) on a right point
slapshot also scored for Nashville.
    Detroit out-shot Nashville 30-23 in spite of the lopsided score.
    The Predators were 1-for-3 and the Red Wings 0-for-2 on the power play. Detroit
didn't get its first chance with the extra man until the 9:03/3 mark when Nashville
already led 7-0.
    Nashville won its fourth straight, completed a 7-2-1 home ice record in February
and went to 11-5-1 overall since the All-Star break.


R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK:   "Obviously, they were better than us and the
pucks went in the net quite frequently...We weren't very good and it was very
humbling...Sometimes a humble pill at this time of the year is helpful...We've got
Nashville twice more (on the schedule). I think we'll remember."

R-WINGS DEF/CAPT NICKLAS LIDSTROM:   "It's tough...(We) came out flat and
they were really on their toes...It's embarrassing...we gotta be quicker on pucks
to be able to defend something like this...We just have to play better defensively
...I don’t think we lost our focus, but I don’t think we responded as a team.”

PREDS CEN/CAPT JASON ARNOTT:   "“It’s always nice when you get a hat trick
in a game, especially against Detroit. You don’t get too many goals against them.
It’s always a special moment when you get three...We came out and stuck to our
game plan. We got a lot of lucky bounces that went in for us.”

PREDS GOALIE PEKKA RINNE:   "It’s not going to happen every day that you have
a game like that. We just executed really well. We were well prepared for this game.
But after leading 5-0 in the first period we were wondering what was going on.”

PREDS H-COACH BARRY TROTZ:   "We knew they had played Friday night. We caught
Detroit on a bad night for them. It is a gratifying win, but we have to keep it real.
We can pat ourselves on the back for a night.”


    The last time Detroit was shutout was 2/22/2008, the last time the Wings gave
up eight goals was 3/21/2004 and the win was Nasahville's biggest ever vs Detroit.
The Preds' previous best against the Red Wings was a 6-2 decision on 11/25/2006.
    The last time Nashville scored five goals in a period was 1/5/2007. The last
three Preds goals of the 1st-Per came 1:24 apart, the fastest ever trio the
Predators have scored on home ice.
    Steve Sullivan and J.P. Dumont both had three assists for Nville. Koistinen,
Weber and Ward each had 1-G & 1-A.
    Recalled from minor league Milwaukee Saturday, Nville's Cal O'Reilly earned his
first NHL assist in his first NHL game.
    The middle game of Detroit's 3-game road trip is Tuesday night at St. Louis.

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