Sun, Apr 22, 2012 - Page 19 News List

Predators eliminate Red Wings

AFP and AP, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

The Nashville Predators defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Friday to win their Western Conference quarter-final playoff series 4-1.

Detroit native David Legwand and Alexander Radulov each had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who delivered their best performance of the series to wrap it up on home ice.

Jiri Hudler scored Detroit’s goal as the Red Wings exited in the first round for the first time since 2006.

Goalie Pekka Rinne made 21 saves for Nashville, who became the first team to advance in this postseason.

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made 23 stops in the defeat.

The Predators broke a 1-1 tie 13 seconds into the third period.

Radulov took the puck into Detroit’s zone. Red Wings defenders knocked the puck away from him, but it came to Legwand, who beat Howard.

Radulov had scored his first goal of the playoffs to put Nashville on top late in the first period.

Detroit pulled level with 6:15 remaining in the second when Valtteri Filppula sent the puck toward the net. It hit the skate of Nashville’s Roman Josi and Hudler was able to push it across.

PENGUINS 3, FLYERS 2

In Pittsburgh, the Penguins fended off playoff elimination with a comeback victory over Philadelphia, cutting the deficit in their Eastern Conference quarter-final series to 3-2.

Steve Sullivan, Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy scored and Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves — including a series of big stops in the third period — to keep Pittsburgh alive.

Matt Carle and Scott Hartnell scored power-play goals in the first period for Philadelphia, but the Flyers failed to close out Pittsburgh for the second straight game. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 20 shots.

Following four wild games that featured a record 45 goals, the teams played something more closely resembling playoff hockey.

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