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NHL scores 2015: Detroit rocks Pittsburgh, Ducks top Predators

The Red Wings rebounded nicely, while the Predators fell to 2-8-0 in their last 10.

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The Detroit Red Wings believe they hit rock bottom on Saturday when they lost, 7-2, to the Philadelphia Flyers. It's easy to understand why.

The Wings hadn't lost back-to-back in their first 64 games, then they did so twice in eight days. If there was ever a time to blow the door open, to dismantle an opponent and kick them when they're down, it was Sunday.

And boy, did they ever.

The Wings embarrassed the Pittsubrgh Penguins in Pittsburgh by winning, 5-1, to take a 2-1 lead in the season series. The Pens were clearly rattled and, at one point, had five different players in the penalty box at once. Winger Blake Comeau told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that "[t]here were times where maybe our emotions got the best of us a little bit."

Maybe? A little bit? We'll go with that.


Detroit Red Wings 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 1

New York Rangers 2, Florida Panthers 1

Carolina Hurricanes 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2

St. Louis Blues 3, Dallas Stars 0

Ottawa Senators 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1 (SO)

Washington Capitals 2, Boston Bruins 0

Anaheim Ducks 4, Nashville Predators 2

Three things we learned

1. The Ducks composed another third period comeback

Eventually, the Ducks are going to fall back to Earth and stop putting together so many come-from-behind victories. At least that's what logic tells us.

On Sunday, Anaheim earned its league-leading 11th win when trailing after two periods. Not only did they pull this off again, they did so against a strong opponent (Nashville) and erased a two-goal deficit. This feat propelled them to the top of the Western Conference standings.

2. Playing Pekka Rinne in back-to-back nights wasn't a good idea

Peter Laviolette opted to go with Pekka Rinne on Sunday after the Finnish netminder played the night before in Los Angeles. Laviolette has done an incredible job in Nashville, but the time has come to question his goalie management. Although he missed several weeks due to injury, Rinne has appeared in 55 of Nashville's 71 games.

Yes, Rinne is a workhorse. He can handle a big role better than most. However, the Preds need to rest him at some point if they wish to make a long playoff run this spring. With a postseason spot all but locked up, Laviolette would be wise to give Carter Hutton some more ice time.

3. A lot of Penguins can fit in the penalty box at the same time

(Screenshot via @PeteBlackburn)

Impact Moment

Nate Thompson scored the game-winner for Anaheim to complete a two-goal comeback.

Stat of the Night