Red Wings Win in Music City, Witkowski Scores First Career Goal

The Detroit Red Wings rebounded from their 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday with a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

It was another hard fought third period for the Wings as they were able to seal the deal on the road.

Game Timeline

Luke Witkowski got the Red Wings off to a good start with his first career National Hockey League goal. A pass up ice found Witkowski all alone as he put one past Juuse Saros on the breakaway.

In the second period, Gustav Nyquist would make it 2-0 as he deflected a shot from Nick Jensen past Saros.

The third period saw a few chances squandered by the Red Wings that would have effectively put the game away. As a result, the Predators were able to hang around and got within one when Craig Smith scored a breakaway power-play goal after a nice pass from PK Subban.

A 4 v. 4 situation arose in the final two minutes with the Predators looking to send the game to overtime. That’s when Darren Helm stepped up and slotted home an empty net goal from distance to seal the two points for the Red Wings.

Game Notes

  • Petr Mrazek got the win in net. He made 31 saves on 32 shots faced. His record against the Predators moves to 6-0-0 all-time.
  • The Red Wings outshot the Predators 34 to 32.
  • The Predators were 1 for 5 on the power play.
  • Mike Green was out of the lineup Saturday with an upper-body injury.

Up Next

The Red Wings fourth game of the week will be back at home on Sunday night as they host the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 7:00 p.m. start time.