At some point, you just need to stop shooting the puck.
For the third consecutive time in the series, the team with less shots on goal, scored more goals, as the Nashville Predators took Game 3 from the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The Predators managed only 22 shots, but were able to beat Jimmy Howard thrice en route to their 3-2 victory.
Pekka Rinne was awesome again for Nashville, stopping 41 of the 43 Detroit attempts. Rinne was beaten only by the two Detroit superstars, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, including Z’s no-look shot attempt to bring the Wings within one in the final minute.
A continued issue for the Red Wings in this series has been their inability to stay out of the penalty box. As good as the penalty kill had been coming into this game (12 for 12), the NHL’s best power play can only be contained for so long. Shea Weber finally found the crack in the Wings’ penalty killing armor when he put home a rebound to give the Predators their initial 1-0 lead.
Weber was greeted by the Joe Louis Arena crowd rather hostilely, as the home crowd showered him with boos each time he touched the puck. The home fans still haven’t forgotten what Weber did to Zetterberg in Game 1.
The Red Wings put together a strong final push in search of the equalizer, but could not unleash their inner Chicago Blackhawks.
Someone could justifiable say that the best team has lost each game of this series. So hopefully, you know, the Red Wings play like crap in Game 4.