The first two periods were each about two minutes too long for the Nashville Predators on Saturday.
Detroit scored with 1:36 to go in the first and with 1:18 to play in the– and both times extended its lead to two goals.
The Predators, who were without two prominent players, failed to mount any kind of rally in the third and were routed 5-2 by the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. It was their second straight regulation defeat after they earned at least a point in each of their first eight.
Kevin Klein did score at 9:39 of the third. That was only after the Red Wings had had extended their lead to four.
Defenseman Francis Bouillon and forward Jordin Tootoo each sat out the game with upper body injuries.
Forward Linus Klasen was recalled Saturday and made his NHL debut in Tootoo’s place, but Wade Belak, a natural forward, presumably dressed as the sixth defenseman but did not play. Klasen saw limited action (6:22 of ice time), had a minus-1 rating and no shots on goal.
Nashville (5-2-3) had not allowed more than three goals in regulation through its first nine contests. It fell behind 4-1 when Thomas Holmstrom scored 4:18 into the third period. Fewer than two minutes later it was 5-1 when Patrick Eaves scored.
Pekka Rinne made 23 saves and fell to 2-2-2 on the season.
Joel Ward’s goal at 7:49 into the second period got the Predators within one, 2-1, which was as close as they got after the first period. They could not maintain that deficit to the end of the period, though, as Pavel Datsyuk (two goals, one assist) struck in the closing minutes.
The game was the first of five straight away from home for Nashville. The run of road games continues Wednesday at Phoenix.