Preds oust Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings Brad Stuart, left, and Nashville Predators Ryan Ellis trip over goalie Jimmy Howard in Game Five of the Western Conference quarter-finals during the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on April 20, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images/AFP)
For just the second time in team history, the Nashville Predators have won a playoff series thanks to a 2-1 win over Detroit on Friday.
Nashville won this Game 5 to take the series as the team has now one a first- round matchup for the second straight year. Last season, the Predators defeated the Ducks in the first round to win a series for the first time in six tries, but lost to Vancouver in the next round.
David Legwand scored the game-winner and added an assist while Alexander Radulov posted a goal and an assist for the Predators, who got 21 saves from Pekka Rinne to become the first team to advance in these playoffs.
Jiri Hudler scored the lone goal of the game for the Red Wings, who lost for the first time in the opening round since 2006 when they were upset by the eighth-seeded Oilers. Jimmy Howard made 23 stops in the loss.