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Discuss: Red Wings even series vs Predators at 1-1

Apr 13, 2012, 10:14 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 13: Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators drops the gloves against Todd Bertuzzi #44 of the Detroit Red Wings in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on April 13, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Todd Bertuzzi picked a fight with Shea Weber early in Friday’s game in response to Weber’s “dirty” hit against Henrik Zetterberg on Wednesday. After that it was all business. Detroit established a 2-0 lead in the first period and while Nashville was able to keep it interesting, they ultimately suffered a 3-2 defeat. Detroit has done exactly what they needed to do: get a win against Nashville at home so that they can return to Detroit with the series tied.

Let’s get the discussion started.

  • The Predators have never taken a 2-0 series lead
  • Bertuzzi was certainly fired up in the first period. His fight with Weber seemed to set the tone for Detroit early on, but he also made his presence known after he served his five minutes.
  • Mike Babcock’s prediction that Detroit wouldn’t take any penalties on Friday certainly didn’t come true.
  • On the flip side, Nashville is still looking for their first power-play goal despite plenty of opportunities.
  1. polegojim - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Great Win…. gutsy play.

    Preds started out trying to intimidate…. not such a good idea.

    Now… on to The Joe!

    GO RED WINGS!!!

  2. capone2510 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    It’s looking like a long series between these two. Early advantage to the Wings, who have reclaimed home ice

    • polegojim - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Yes, really like the pace and physical nature.

  3. hockinj25 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Glad to see Bertuzzi stepped up against Weber. The refs were so much better than the first game. Good game Nashville. Go Wings.

  4. Wayne L Nelson Financial and Insurance Services - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    why does the announcer insist on using Rinne’s first name every time? I never heard him say Jimmy Howard or Henrik Zettterberg but Pekka Rinne, Pekka Rinne, Pekka Rinne….it really annoyed me. I don’t know why – I should laugh it off – but it was ridiculous. I have nothing against Pekka – as a person, as a goalie, as a name. but c’mon already. Just say Rinne. Okay, I’m going to have some ice cream. good game tonight.

    • polegojim - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      Very Pred biased duo. Among many other give aways…. Rinne makes ‘saves’ but Howard gets ‘lucky’.

      Classic case of the need to watch the game with sound off and local radio play by play on.

  5. kenrosario - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    It’s interesting how after the Preds won, so many nashville fans sounded off on how this series is over, and Wings fans were crybabies. Where are you all now?

    All Weber did was wake a sleeping giant…

  6. metroplexfrog - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Hoping Nashville wins but Detroit just stole home ice. The Preds have got to be stronger on the puck and get the PP going.

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