With just one victory in their last six contests, the Red Wings seemed well on their way to their 11th win in 14 home meetings with the Predators as Luc Robitaille snapped a 20-game goalless drought with 15 seconds left in the first period and Pavel Datsyuk tallied 81 seconds into the second. Datsyuk's goal gave Detroit a commanding 5-2 lead.
But the Predators, who had dropped their previous two games, would not concede. Detroit native David Legwand scored his career-high 14th goal midway through the period and Timonen netted his second of the game at 12:30 of the third to draw Nashville within 5-4.
With time winding down, Arkhipov took a cross-slot pass from Vitali Yachmenev low in the left faceoff circle and put it past goaltender Curtis Joseph at 16:48 to knot the contest.