Red Wings Eliminated with Loss to Predators

The Detroit Red Wings were eliminated from the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday night with a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.

The loss in Game Five of the first-round matchup between the teams is the earliest exit for the Red Wings since 2003, when they were swept in the opening round by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Nashville's game-winning goal came just 13 seconds into the third period. The Red Wings won the period's opening faceoff but Brad Stuart's attempted pass into the neutral zone became a turnover, with Alexander Radulov gaining the Detroit zone and working the puck to Gabriel Bourque. The Detroit defense collapsed on Bourque and blocked his attempted shot but the puck came right to the trailing David Legwand, who snapped a shot past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard to make it 2-1.

The Red Wings would be unable to even things up, barely sustaining any pressure in the Nashville zone for the remainder of the game.

The Predators had opened the game's scoring with 3:50 left in the first period. Legwand picked off Kyle Quincey's attempted pass to Jonathan Ericsson along the boards behind the Detroit net and sent the puck out to Radulov all alone in front of the goal for a shot past Howard.

Jiri Hudler tied things back up with 6:15 left in the second period, poking the puck under Nashville netminder after Valtteri Filppula threw it to the net.

Rinne finished the night with 21 saves on 22 shots against. Howard made 23 saves on 25 shots.

Neither team scored a power play goal. The Red Wings had two tries with the extra attacker and the Predators had three.

The series was the first of the season to end.

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I called the last two games must-wins for Detroit but the Red Wings didn't play like it, so now that they actually face a game they have to win to stay alive, I'm not sure it matters to spend much time on that point.

No lineup changes expected for the Red Wings or the Predators tonight in Nashville. Brendan Smith practiced with the Wings and Hal Gill skated for the Preds but supposedly neither will go.

The Wings need to find a way to beat Pekka Rinne while not ignoring their own defensive responsibilities, otherwise their season is done tonight.

Game time is 8:00 PM on FSD/CNBC. I may not be commenting live, depends on my Internet situation on this little vacation I'm on.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2012 at 4:49 PM


Two ways to beat Rinne:

1. From the sides. He lets in the majority of shots that come is from the his glove side off angle.

2. Get him down and scrambling for the puck. Because of his size, his maneuverability is impaired when he is on the ice trying to block shots.

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/20/2012 at 7:26 PM


Alright, I'm caught up to live, missing Ken and Mick here in Texas.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2012 at 9:06 PM


Hey, Wings go to the net and get a goal. I'll be damned.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2012 at 9:29 PM


Wings had a couple chances on that last shift where they needed to just shoot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/20/2012 at 9:39 PM


At least my tickets for game 6 will make an awesome bookmark...

Posted by MonicaMcAlister on 4/21/2012 at 8:14 AM


At least my tickets for game 6 will make an awesome bookmark...

Yeah, I've got tickets to Game One of the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals like that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2012 at 11:09 AM

Nicklas Lidstrom

Nicklas Lidstrom
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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