One day after Shea Weber's trick shot from the upper level of Bridgestone Arena made its rounds on the Web, the Nashville captain scored two very real goals late in regulation to help his team with its fourth straight.
Weber's two goals – a power-play blast with 4:24 to play and a blue-line skipper three minutes later – helped Nashville erase a two-goal deficit on Thursday and beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3.
"You talk about your top players, the guys that are the difference makers – when the game's on the line those guys want the puck. Today Shea was that," coach Barry Trotz said. "He was the difference maker with those two goals. An absolute rocket on the power play, then just throw pucks toward the net and good things will happen. I thought he was real strong, and that's why he's one of the best defensemen in the League."
David Legwand and Jordin Tootoo added goals and Pekka Rinne had 37 saves for Nashville (16-11-4), which came back from a two-goal deficit for the third time in seven games. The Preds have a power-play goal in every game over that same stretch.
Tootoo's rebound goal with 3:38 to play in the second started the comeback. A flurry of shots had Wings goalie Jimmy Howard off balance, and the puck was pushed out to Tootoo, who had been trailing the play. He fired it past Howard for his second goal in three games since returning from a suspension for a hit on Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller.
Then it was Weber's turn to be the real hero. The tying goal came on the power play, when Martin Erat swung a pass to Ryan Suter; he fed Weber, who blasted a shot past a shielded Howard.
"When we got that power play, we knew we were going to have to score because we weren't going to get another one," Weber said of his first goal, which came during the Predators' only power play. "We were fortunate enough to get one and then we used the momentum from the crowd after that."
His second shot skipped in the crease and slipped past Howard for the game-winner.
"They got a great bounce there at the end," Howard said. "Weber just threw a knuckle-puck on net, it bounced right in front of me and went over my shoulder."
The Red Wings took the lead at 5:15 of the first when Rinne spilled Ian White's blast from near the neutral zone. Holmstrom was on the doorstep to finish easily for the first of Detroit's two power-play goals.
Legwand got Nashville even at 10:09 when he followed his own shot from close range, sending the teams into the first intermission tied 1-1.
Midway through the second, Zetterberg scored the second power-play goal – Detroit finished 2-for-2 with the extra man -- when he finished off some tight passing for his seventh of the season at 10:09. The lead swelled to 3-1 when Wings captain Lidstrom scored his seventh on a screamer from 10 feet beyond the left circle at 11:30.
"It's disappointing, especially having the lead going into the third and taking the penalty with less than five minutes left," Lidstrom said. "It always stings when you are losing, especially when you play a division rival that we want to beat."
Material from team media and wire services was used in this report
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