Duchene scores twice as Predators down Red Wings 4-1

Jan 22, 2022, 6:23 AM | Updated: 9:18 pm
Nashville Predators center Matt Duchene (95) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Detroit Re...

Nashville Predators center Matt Duchene (95) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Detroit Red Wings during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

(AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Duchene had two goals and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

Nick Cousins and Filip Forsberg also scored and Juuse Saros made 28 saves for Nashville, winners of two straight. Matt Tennyson had two assists.

“I thought the guys, really at the end of this stretch here, came out strong,” Predators coach John Hynes said. “I thought Detroit had a good push in the second period, but I’m just proud of the fact that guys were able to grind through this stretch of games and find a way to win.”

Adam Erne scored for Detroit, Alex Nedeljkovic made 21 saves. The Red Wings have lost two in a row.

Cousins scored the game’s first goal with 7:14 left in the second period. With just 5 seconds remaining on a penalty to Detroit’s Joe Veleno, Cousins sent a wrist shot from the high slot through traffic that went off of Nedeljkovic’s glove and into the net for Cousins’ sixth goal of the season.

Duchene made it 2-0 less than 2 minutes later. After carrying the puck into the Detroit zone, Duchene passed it to Forsberg on the right side. Forsberg completed the give-and-go by sending the puck back to Duchene in the slot, where he beat Nedeljkovic at 14:21.

“We had a really good give-and go play there,” Duchene said. “He made a good play getting it to me with speed and I was able to challenge the D and put him in a good position. He gave it right back to me on a pillow and an open net.”

Erne pulled the Red Wings within one with 1:09 left in the middle period. Fresh out of the box after serving a hooking penalty, Erne slipped behind the Nashville defense and received a perfect lead pass from Tyler Bertuzzi on a breakaway and beat Saros with a wrist shot on the stick side.

“I still think we’ve got to have a better shot mentality,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. ” I think we’ve got to shoot for more chaos.”

Erne’s goal ended a stretch of 20 games without scoring. His last goal was scored Nov. 24 against St. Louis.

Nashville improved its record when leading after two periods this season to 20-0-1.

Forsberg scored on a backhand off of a rebound of Tennyson’s shot at 10:44 of the third and Duchene scored an empty-net goal with 1:48 remaining.


Playing his second consecutive game and second game of the season, Tennyson has three assists in those two games. Nashville is the fifth NHL team for the journeyman defenseman, who had previous stops in San Jose, Carolina, New Jersey and Buffalo.

“We felt like this was an opportunity to see where he’s at and what he can do, and he’s come in and done a good job,” Hynes said.

Saturday was the second career multi-point game for Tennyson. His previous one was Oct. 17, 2019.


Predators rookie Philip Tomasino picked up the primary assist on Cousins’ goal, extending his point-scoring streak to three games. This is the first scoring streak of three games in the young forward’s career.

Nashville selected Tomasino 24th overall in the 2019 Draft.


Prior to Saturday’s game, the Predators announced that forward Eeli Tolvanen had been placed into COVID-19 protocols. In his last two games, Tolvanen had a goal and an assist. Cole Smith was recalled from Nashville’s taxi squad and suited up in his sixth game of the season.


Predators: At Seattle on Tuesday night.

Red Wings: Host Chicago on Wednesday night.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, left, and LIV Golf managing director Majed Al Sorour cheer from the stage...
Associated Press

PGA Tour countersuit accuses LIV Golf of unfair tactics

The PGA Tour has filed a counterclaim against Saudi-funded LIV Golf accusing the rival league of inducing top players to breach PGA Tour contracts by claiming the tour could not enforce them. The counterclaim was included in the PGA Tour’s response to the amended antitrust lawsuit filed in federal court in northern California, which included […]
1 day ago
Educator and Tom Marquand, left, in action during the Radcliffe & Co Handicap at Salisbury Racecour...
Associated Press

Royal silks return as King Charles III’s horse finishes 2nd

SALISBURY, England (AP) — The famous royal silks returned to British horse racing on Thursday, with the first runner under the ownership of King Charles III finishing a distant second at Salisbury. Educator was the first horse to wear the purple, red and gold silks since the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 8. […]
1 day ago
Honey bees are swept from an upright at the beginning of the NFL football game between the Tampa Ba...
Associated Press

Buccaneers, Chiefs will play in Tampa as scheduled

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Sunday night’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa as scheduled. The Bucs spent most of this week in the Miami area preparing for the highly-anticipated prime-time matchup featuring quarterbacks Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes to avoid direct contact […]
1 day ago
FILE - Signage at the headquarters of the NCAA is viewed in Indianapolis, March 12, 2020. The NCAA ...
Associated Press

NCAA steering farther and farther away from harsh penalties

The days of postseason bans and crippling scholarship reductions to punish schools for breaking NCAA rules appear to be winding down. Memphis was placed on three years of probation earlier this week with a public reprimand and fined for NCAA violations related to the recruitment and short college career of James Wiseman, who is about […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Former El Salvador soccer boss sentenced in US bribery case

NEW YORK (AP) — The former president of El Salvador’s soccer federation was sentenced on Thursday to 16 months in prison in the long-running FIFA corruption scandal. Reynaldo Vasquez, 66, told a judge in federal court in Brooklyn that he felt “great shame” over his role in a bribery scheme that involved media and marketing […]
1 day ago
FILE - Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett leaves the field after the first half of an NFL...
Associated Press

Garrett back with Browns, cited for speeding following crash

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns All-Pro Myles Garrett returned to the team’s headquarters but didn’t practice Thursday while recovering from injuries sustained in a car crash earlier this week, when police said he lost control speeding on a rural road. Garrett veered his Porsche off the hilly road near his home Monday, flipping the […]
1 day ago
Duchene scores twice as Predators down Red Wings 4-1