DETROIT (WKZO) – Echoes of boos greeted Predator defenseman Shea Weber to start Game 4 at Joe Louis Arena Tuesday. By the end of the game, those boos were directed at the home team, who dropped a second straight playoff game to Nashville, 3-1. The Wings now trail in the best-of-seven series 3 games to 1.
The Red Wings started the game with energy and physicality. Those were the two keys missing from Sunday’s loss in Game 3. They controlled the puck, firing 8 of the game’s first 9 shots. The teams played two scoreless periods of hockey, with Detroit taking the decided edge in shots-on-goal by a 28-10 margin through 40 minutes of play.
Nashville broke the tie 1:55 into the final frame on Gabriel Bourque’s third score of the playoffs. The Wings answered right back on their lone successful power play of the night. Jiri Hudler lit the lamp for the first time this postseason. The Wings would take 12 more shots in the period, but couldn’t break Pekka Rinne, who finished with 40 saves in the win. Jimmy Howard finished with 14 saves.
Friday is do-or-die time for the Wings as the series shifts back to Nashville for Game 5. If necessary, Game 6 will be in Detroit on Sunday.