Predators fall behind early, can't rally in loss to Red Wings

Friday, March 5, 2010 at 9:00pm
Staff reports

J.P. Dumont scored for the second straight game, but the Nashville Predators lost for the first time since the Olympic break when they fell 5-2 to Detroit on Friday at Joe Louis Arena.

Dumont scored his 13th of the season and his second in as many nights at 10:54 of the second period. It came 1:44 after Detroit had gone in front 4-0.

He also had the Predators’ first goal in Thursday’s 4-2 victory over Los Angeles. It marked the first time this season he scored in consecutive games and moved him into a tie with Martin Erat for the team scoring lead at 39 points.

Joel Ward got Nashville within two when he scored 3:15 into the third period, before the Red Wings added en empty-net goal with four seconds to play.

Detroit built its big lead with two goals in each of the first two periods. Darren Helm scored both in the second period, the second of them shorthanded. Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holstrom scored in the first.

Holmstrom’s goal, on the power play, included the 800th career assist by Red Wings’ defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.

All four goals were scored against Dan Ellis, who made 27 saves and took the loss.

The Predators are back in action Sunday (2 p.m., Bridgestone Arena) when they host the Vancouver Canucks.