Detroit-Nashville: Red Wings Try to Regain Top Spot in Western Confernce

Katie EvansCorrespondent IMarch 29, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 20: Goaltender Dan Ellis #39 of the Nashville Predators makes the save against the Detroit Red Wings on April 20, 2008 during game six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The Red Wings shut out the Predators 3-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators battled it out Sunday as Detroit hoped for the win to help boost them back into a chance at first in the Western Conference, however, the Nashville Predators seem to be the team they can't beat as Nashville won 4-3.

The Wings struggled early as they had trouble keeping it out of the zone and the defense seemed to be a little unsteady.

After Chris Chelios took a tripping penalty for Detroit Henrik Zetterberg showed lot of pressure for Nashville however Sullivan got a power play goal for Nashville to lead 1-0.

After Brad Stuart took a holding penalty, it seemed as though the Wings would be in trouble tonight but a great feed to Zetterberg scoring his 30th goal and getting his 400th point to tie the game 1-1.

As the Wings finally got some rhythm, Chris Osgood made some huge saves for his team and Samuelsson had an opportunity, but Pakke Rinne stepped up for Nashville denying Detroit a chance.

Both teams showed great pressure in the second period and a shot by Detroit captain Nick Lidstrom had a shot go off the post.

As Detroit went on another power play Samuelsson took advantage scoring making it, 2-1, Detroit.

As Detroit continued having great opportunities, Nashville defense played hard and kept Detroit from scoring.

After a turn over by Jonathon Ericsson Joel Ward scored for Nashville to once again tie up the game and 20-seconds later took the lead as Smithson scored on a bad bounce past Osgood.

Detroit wasn't giving up easy though as Johan Franzen, after having a goal reviewed taken away from him, shot a rocket past Rinne to tie it up once again.

A penalty to Detroit seemed to be the deal breaker as Ryan Suter scored the game winner for Nashville as they defeated Detroit and kept them from top spot in the Western Conference.