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Klein lifts Nashville Predators to 3-1 lead in playoffs

AP and Reuters, DETROIT, MICHIGAN

The Chicago Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa, left, lies on the ice after being injured in a check by the Phoenix Coyotes’ Raffi Torres, right, in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarter-final playoff game on Tuesday in Chicago, Illinois.

Photo: Reuters

Kevin Klein scored a go-ahead goal 6 minutes, 25 seconds into the third period and Pekka Rinne made 40 saves to lift the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, and a 3-1 lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff series.

The Predators can eliminate Detroit in Game 5 tomorrow night in Nashville.

Predators rookie Gabriel Bourque broke a scoreless tie 1:55 into the third period. Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall tied it 1:19 later with a power-play goal that was waved off on the ice, but reversed by video review.

The Red Wings pulled goalie Jimmy Howard to add an extra skater with 1:31 left, but had to put him back in the net because Henrik Zetterberg was called for high-sticking with 55.8 seconds left. David Legwand’s power-play goal sealed the win with 39 seconds left.

Rinne stopped the first 29 shots he faced. Howard made 14 saves.

PANTHERS 4, DEVILS 3

In Newark, New Jersey, Brian Campbell scored on a power play as Florida staged its greatest playoff comeback, rallying from an early three-goal deficit to beat New Jersey.

Sean Bergenheim, Jason Garrison and Mike Weaver also scored and Scott Clemmensen made 19 saves after replacing Jose Theodore early in giving the Panthers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.

Game 4 will be played in New Jersey today.

Florida scored on all three of its power plays against the NHL’s top-ranked penalty-killing unit and is now 6 of 10 in the series with the man advantage.

Zach Parise, Stephen Gionta and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who jumped out 3-0 in the opening 6:16.

The Panthers ended a 15-year playoff drought in winning Game 2 on Sunday and then drove Martin Brodeur from the net after tying the game early in the second.

COYOTES 3, BLACKHAWKS 2, OT

In Chicago, Mikkel Boedker scored 13:15 into overtime as Phoenix beat Chicago to take a 2-1 lead in the wild and physical opening-round Western Conference playoff series.

Game 4 is scheduled for today at the United Center.

Boedker scored from the left side of the net, beating goalie Corey Crawford as the teams played their third straight overtime game.

Chicago played most of the night without regular-season points leader Marian Hossa, who was taken off the ice on a stretcher in the first period after a hit by Raffi Torres.

Andrew Brunette and Michael Frolik had goals for Chicago. Rostislav Klesla and Ray Whitney scored for the Coyotes.

The Blackhawks announced after the game that Hossa had suffered an upper-body injury, but was recovering at home after being discharged from hospital.

Torres was not penalized for the hit, a decision which angered Chicago coach Joel Quenneville.

“It was a brutal hit,” he said. “The refereeing tonight was a disgrace.”

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