Beating the Red Wings would be a good start – and Nashville hasn’t done a good job of that. Pavel Datsyuk scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and had an assist, and the Red Wings beat Nashville 2-1 Thursday night and moved back into a tie with the Predators atop the NHL.
The Red Wings, Predators and idle Buffalo all have 105 points, but Detroit has a game in hand on Nashville with its four of final five games left against Central Division cellar dwellers Columbus and Chicago.
Nashville blew a chance to pad its lead and has four games left to win a franchise-best 50th game. Three of those are at home.
Detroit came into this game having already won the season series with five victories in the first seven games. The Red Wings finished off the series finale in style with their fourth straight victory against Nashville and 13 of 16 possible points.
Johan Franzen also scored, and Todd Bertuzzi had two assists.
David Legwand scored Nashville’s only goal.