Series' early breaks go Red Wings' way

Associated Press
Nashville goalie Dan Ellis stops a shot by Detroit's Niklas Kronwall in the second period on Saturday. Detroit won both home games to take a 2-0 series lead.

DETROIT --- 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 of the method, the Detroit won 4-2 on Saturday to take a 2-0 series lead.

Detroit's Dominik Hasek made 25 saves, while Nashville's Dan Ellis stopped 34 shots..

Darren McCarty added to his comeback from drinking, divorce and bankruptcy by scoring the game's first goal off a rebound.

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.

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.

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

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 ventured behind the net.

But Detroit took the lead for good 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.

Predators coach Barry Trotz was seething that Nashville wasn't credited with a goal early in the game. He believed the puck was in the net before the net was knocked out of place.



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