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Nashville at Detroit

Red Wings defeat Predators to take command of series

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- At this rate, the Nashville Predators will soon be mumbling about bad bounces and officiating on a golf course.

Detroit's Kris Draper scored the tiebreaker off an opponent, Nick Lidstrom had a goal when one of his teammates could've been called for a penalty and Nashville had a goal waved off.

Regardless, the Red Wings beat the Predators 4-2 Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

The Red Wings took advantage of what appeared to be good fortune in Game 1 when offsides wasn't called just before they scored the game-winning goal.

Nashville general manager David Poile was critical of the officiating in both games while talking to reporters on Saturday between the second and third periods.

"Just make the right call," Poile said. "Between officials and supervisors, we can't get the right call."

Detroit coach Mike Babcock, of course, defended the men on skates wearing stripes and toting whistles.

"We had two high-end officials that are doing everything they can, just like us, to get to the Stanley Cup Finals," Babcock bristled. "If you think for one second those guys aren't doing the best they can, you're mistaken."

The eighth-seeded Predators can only hope the calls and bounces go their way Monday night at home in Game 3 against the NHL's top-seeded team.

Detroit's Dominik Hasek made 25 saves, including all 15 shots he faced in the first period.

"Dom is the story," Babcock said. "We turned the puck over in the first period more times than we would give up in five games."

Darren McCarty's story is pretty good, too.

McCarty added to his comeback from drinking, divorce and bankruptcy by putting the Red Wings ahead 1-0 early in the game by scoring off a rebound.

He flashed his gap-tooth grin, jumped off the ice like a little kid and his adoring fans at Joe Louis Arena created a buzz in the arena unlike any in recent years.

"You can't help but cheer for people that are trying to get their life back on track," Babcock said. "Especially with a guy like that has worked so hard and is one of the favorite sons in Detroit."

Lidstrom gave Detroit a two-goal lead in the opening minute of the second period when Tomas Holmstrom could've been called for goaltender interference.

"When I really watched it in review, his feet were in the blue," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "According to the rules, you can't be in the blue."

Trotz was also seething that Nashville wasn't credited with a goal early in the game because the net was knocked out of place.

"The puck was clearly in the net and the net was on its moorings," he said. "The explanation was that they were about to blow the whistle.

"I think that's a bailout."

The Predators dug themselves out of the hole, erasing Detroit's cushion in an 11-second span when Alexander Radulov and Jordin Tootoo scored early in the second to make it 2-all.

Radulov took advantage of a fortunate carom on his goal when Martin Erat dumped the puck into the corner, and it went to the front of the net while Hasek went behind it.

Detroit called a timeout after Tootoo's goal.

"We settled down after that, but probably in retrospect it was one shift late," Babcock said.

The Red Wings took the lead a couple minutes later after Draper pushed the puck to the front of the net and it went off a Predator's skate and into the net.

Holmstrom gave Detroit another two-goal lead when he scored off a rebound midway through the third.

In his second career playoff game, Dan Ellis made 34 saves for the Predators.

While the Red Wings took advantage of some breaks, Nashville hurt its chances by getting called for penalties when it was on the power play -- as it did in Game 1 -- and by going to the penalty box in the final minutes while trying to rally.

"We proved that we can play with them," Predators center Radek Bonk said. "Just lost because of a couple of lucky bounces."

Notes

  • Detroit D Chris Chelios was on the ice for his 248th playoff game, breaking the NHL record set by Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy.
  • With Nashville F David Legwand (foot) out for another game and F Scott Nichol (broken finger) out for the series, Trotz put F Darcy Hordichuk in the lineup instead.
  • Faces in the crowd included NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Kid Rock.
  • Tootoo scored Nashville's only goal in Game 1.
  • The Red Wings didn't have a fan in every seat during their two home games, but did draw much larger crowds than they had last postseason when several rows in some sections were empty.
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Solid in the net: Detroit's Dominik Hasek records 25 saves against the Predators.  (Getty Images)
Solid in the net: Detroit's Dominik Hasek records 25 saves against the Predators. (Getty Images)

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Scoreboard
Nashville (0-2-0)0202
Detroit  (2-0-0) «1214
Three Stars
P. Datsyuk
DET


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
A. Radulov
NSH


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
T. Holmstrom
DET


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:26Darren McCarty (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Dallas Drake, Mark Hartigan
2ND PERIOD
39.0Power Play - Nicklas Lidstrom (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Brian Rafalski, Tomas Holmstrom
02:19Power Play - Alexander Radulov (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Martin Erat, Marek Zidlicky
02:30Jordin Tootoo (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Shea Weber
05:00Kris Draper (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mikael Samuelsson, Jiri Hudler
3RD PERIOD
10:03Tomas Holmstrom (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Pavel Datsyuk, Brian Rafalski
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:43Rafalski, 2 min, Roughing
04:43Erat, 2 min, Roughing
06:15Zetterberg, 2 min, Tripping
10:35Dumont, 2 min, Interference
18:13Tootoo, 2 min, Roughing
18:13Lilja, 2 min, Roughing
18:13Stuart, 2 min, Roughing
19:15Radulov, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
2ND PERIOD
01:31Hasek, 2 min, Holding the Stick
08:25Hamhuis, 2 min, Tripping
14:04Hartigan, 2 min, Tripping
14:33Dumont, 2 min, Roughing
17:10Hudler, 2 min, Roughing
17:10Zidlicky, 2 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
13:05Suter, 2 min, Slashing
15:33Arnott, 2 min, Interference
18:10Stuart, 2 min, Interference
20:00Zidlicky, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Nashville155727
Detroit11141338
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Dan Ellis58:10344
Dominik Hasek59:49252
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Nashville0-for-0
Detroit0-for-0
Game Information
Attendance - 20066
Referees - Kerry Fraser, Dan Marouelli
Linesmen - Brad Lazarowich, Derek Nansen
 
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