DETROIT (AP) -- After two unimpressive periods, the Nashville
Predators thought they had plenty of energy left for a late
"It was awesome," Walker said. "To be honest, we had only
played 20 minutes or so, so we should have had a lot more left. We
just stood around and watched them skate for two periods."
"It was textbook what not to do in the third period with a
three-goal lead," Detroit defenseman Mathieu Schneider said. "We
just sat back."
With the game tied 3-3, Walker tipped in a shot by Marek
Zidlicky past Curtis Joseph.
"We came out and played an unbelievable period," Nashville
goalie Tomas Vokoun said. "It just shows that we have it in us."
Hartnell tied it with 3:34 left by jamming a shot past Joseph
from the side of the net, with Boyd Devereaux hanging onto him.
Orszagh started the Predators' comeback, scoring from the slot
6:47 into the third period. and Erat put in a wrist shot from the
blue line with 8:03 remaining to make it 3-2.
"It's as well as we've played for a short period -- 20
minutes," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "That might be our
best period for passion, determination and those things. The guys
were determined they were going to make something happen."
Detroit right wing Darren McCarty left the game early in the
first period with back spasms after he slid into the boards after
being hooked by Erat. Detroit coach Dave Lewis said McCarty will
have X-rays on Sunday.
Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the first period. Holmstrom tipped in
a shot from the point by Ray Whitney just 14 seconds in, and Draper
put in his second attempt at Steve Yzerman's cross-crease pass at
Shanahan scored a power play goal with 1:52 left in the second
period. His one-timer from the top of the left circle beat Vokoun.
"It's just disappointing to finish a hockey game like that,"
Lewis said. "You can ask any of those guys that."
Game Notes: The previous game between the teams, a 5-3 win in Nashville
on Oct. 30, featured 210 penalty minutes and nine fights. ...
Detroit was without defenseman Mathieu Dandenault and forward Jason
Williams, both out with groin injuries. ... Newly signed Detroit RW
Steve Thomas is still awaiting his U.S. work visa in the Toronto
area. GM Ken Holland said the earliest Thomas will join the team is
the middle of next week. ... Nashville defenseman Tomas Kloucek
took three consecutive penalties in the first period, two for
hooking and one for elbowing.