Despite outshooting Nashville 37-26 and controlling the play for the final 40 minutes, the Red Wings couldn’t come back, falling 3-2 to Nashville in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Gabriel Bourque scored twice for Nashville, who leads the best-of-seven series 1-0.
Pekka Rinne was outstanding in goal for Nashville, stopping 35 shots.
The Red Wings had a shot at tying the score at the end as Martin Erat went off for holding with 25 seconds left, giving the Red Wings a 6-on-4 advantage, but Nashville won the ensuing draw and sent the puck down the ice, killing valuable time. The Red Wings got the puck into the zone and on goal, forcing a whistle with five seconds left.
Paul Gaustad, who scored Nashville first goal, won the draw, his second straight win, sending the puck into the corner and killing the remaining time off.
At this whistle, Shea Weber clubbed Henrik Zetterberg in the back of the head and slammed his head into the glass, sending Zetterberg down to the ice, where he was down on a knee for several moments.