Bad period spells doom for Detroit Red Wings in 6-1 loss to Nashville
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Matt Duchene figured the Nashville Predators deserved better after scoring just once in a loss to the New York Rangers over the weekend.
He had few complaints two nights later.
Duchene scored two of Nashville’s five second-period goals, and the Predators easily dispatched the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 on Monday night. One of Duchene’s goals came when he flung the puck from along the boards near the blue line. It deflected in off the stick of Red Wings defenseman Madison Bowey.
Nick Bonino, Kyle Turris and Colton Sissons contributed a goal apiece in the middle period, and Filip Forsberg added a goal for Nashville in the third.
Andreas Athanasiou scored in the first period for the Red Wings, who are 1-10-1 in their last 12 games.
“This isn’t on one or two or three guys,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “We had a whole bunch of guys that couldn’t execute a tape-to-tape pass.”
The first four goals by the Predators came in a span of 5:36, and Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard was pulled after the fourth one.
Bonino scored his team-high eighth goal of the season, deflecting a point shot by Dan Hamhuis past Howard to tie the game at 1. Turris gave Nashville the lead 5:32 into the second, beating Howard to the glove side with a wrist shot from high in the slot. Sissons scored with a shot from the right circle 62 seconds later.