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Discuss: Predators beat Red Wings 3-2, take 2-1 series lead

Apr 15, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

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Another close game, and another road team stealing home ice advantage. This time around the deed was done in Detroit as the Predators took out the Red Wings 3-2. Nashville now takes a 2-1 series lead and gets home ice advantage back in their favor.

Game 4 will be Tuesday night in Detroit as the Predators will hope to take a commanding 3-1 series lead back home while Detroit looks to even things up.

Here’s a few things to talk about in the comments section:

—- Pekka Rinne continues to stand on his head and be the biggest factor in the series. He stopped 41 shots in Game 3 and he appears to be kind of good.

—- Detroit again managed to dominate play for a good chunk of the game and just couldn’t get things to go their way. Will frustration kick in at all for these guys or are they too veteran savvy for that?

—- Pavel Datsyuk just continues to be amazing regardless of how things go. Check out his robbery and goal from the second period.

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—- Johan Franzen and David Legwand appeared to be in a contest to see who could take the dumbest penalties.

—- Seeing Detroit lose a game at home is a rarity. They went 31-7-3 at Joe Louis Arena this season. Now they’re 0-1 in the playoffs.

  1. phillyphever - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Stick a fork in Detroit, they’re done.

    • polegojim - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      Ha, not.

    • paperkid96 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      You might pray that you still have a team left after the first round. That it is one brutal series.

  2. vshehane - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Come RE fans, let the whining begin.

    • polegojim - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      what’s an RE?

  3. bigbluenoser - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Nashville is a one trick pony. They better hope their pony keeps standing on his head.

    • hines86for6 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      Whatever. Nashville scored 3 hard earned goals and Shea Weber showed he’s the best blue liner on the ice.

      Ppl will ralk like it’s all Rinne, but its not. Players like Klein stepping up in Hal Gill’s absence.

      Bring it, Wings fans. Bring on the excuses.

      • hines86for6 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        Also the preds had 19 blocks to det’s 9. And that’s without their best shot blocker, Hal Gill.

        The stats just don’t back up that’s it’s all Rinne.

      • 95firegt - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:55 PM

        weber might be the best blue liner but he shouldnt even be in the game i mean punch someone in the back of the head and then slam their head into their head into the glass and get a 2500 fine wtf is that? ive seen players suspended for less….

  4. hockinj25 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Detroit had a better game, just couldn’t finish on their chances. Seems like whatever team has the better game in this series loses.

    • hines86for6 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      This is very true. The team that gets outshot wins.

  5. bensawesomeness - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Detroit lost that game by .1 seconds.
    We all knew it would be close, nobody realised it’d be THAT close

    this series goes to 7

  6. bigbluenoser - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Has Nashville ever won anything other than 1 playoff series?

    • saintez - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:53 PM

      Wow, what does that have to do with anything… only been a franchise for 12 years.
      Sounding a little scared??

  7. paperkid96 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    If the Wings would start on time the series would be over. Nashville took the play to Detroit the first period and a good portion of the 2nd. Pav woke up and apparently so did the rest of the team.

    The Wings need to stay out of the box and the momentum will turn. They owned the 3rd when they stayed out of the box.

    • hines86for6 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      there wasn’t a single time in the 3rd a detroit player went into the box.

      • paperkid96 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:32 PM

        Okay you passed the reading test. That’s what I said in the last sentence.

        Can we get a round of applause for Corky?

    • polegojim - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      Painful, but this is true. Slow starts cost them both losses. Early first goals… and scoring on themselves in #1… are the diff.

      Way too many penalties… but inept Pred pp make it a non-factor. Another blown 5:3.

      • hines86for6 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        For 23 seconds…

      • paperkid96 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:35 PM

        I’m actually happy with the Wings PK, and its not that their letting them score as much as it keeps them from getting the lines rolling. Wings excel when they get the game flowing and all 4 lines rolling.

      • polegojim - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

        I’m thrilled with the PK… it’s the slow starts that hurt and been the difference.

        Yes hines…. 23 seconds… and another full 4 MINUTES of blown power play.

  8. capone2510 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Wings looked like they were asleep first half of the game, mostly due to Nashville pressure. Second half was a totally different game. Still think it’s gonna be a long series.

    Hey Hines, where were you the other night after the loss?

    • hines86for6 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      I was here. Made a comment how game 2 was a mirror image of game 1. The team with the least scoring chances wins. Been that way all 3 games.

  9. hines86for6 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Wow and this series has been completely civil compared to the rest of these games. Pens flyers/ ny ottawa especially.

  10. thehighcountrybear - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Only one ‘stick a fork in them’ comment…tres original! Can’t begrudge the Predators any success but man, that is one boring team. And Weber, cement hands and cement head…these guys are going nowhere. The banjos will be in fine tune tonight…

    • saintez - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:55 PM

      Embarrasing to red wings if the preds are as bad as you say…
      Red Wings just old and slow and it shows.

  11. Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    They don’t ask how, just how many?

  12. takingbovadasmoney - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Of course Weber wasn’t suspended. Bettman wants one of his hillbilly teams in the finals. Too bad it won’t be Nashville. Whichever team sucks the least in this series (Nashville Child Predators) will lose in the next round.

  13. islandersfan - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    I knew this would be the best series of the first round, and it has not disappointed!

    Detroit won’t panic too much savvy there, and you are right Datsyuk is a hockey genius. best player in NHL today!

  14. saintez - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Time for the old folks to move over. The guard is changing. Why would a city like Detroit rip Nashville. Nashville was just listed as a top destination city for everything (food, music, etc) on the uprise. Detroit is a hole that has no jobs, is full of crime and people are fleeing.
    Hard to accept that the Nashville Predators are just better. No shame in admitting it. You’ve had a great run but it’s over now.

    • datsyukx13 - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:18 AM

      Have some class buddy the big 3 fell and so did Detroit and it is not a hole everybody from here is proud to be from here. People are going through a hard time and there family is starving thats why the crime is high. There’s no need to trash talk Detroit. Just because you guys are up in the series doesn’t mean your the better team we outplayed you guys for 2 games your goalie has been good and have been getting lucky bounces. I can’t wait for the Wings to come back and win this series and see what your saying then just remember your only up ONE game its far from over. Also by the way you guys wont be good next season Suter will be gone you guys are loading up the blackhawks did in 2010 to win a cup and then lose half of your team the difference between Chicago and you guys is you wont win the cup like they did you guys will lose. Will see whose run is over after the preds are teeing them up on the course in a week.

    • datsyukx13 - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:19 AM

      Ok pred bandwagon fan

  15. hines86for6 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:07 AM


  16. geo91 - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    If the stars could show some poise and bare down and finish a puck the Wings would be up in the series, its as simple as that. The Wings have had way more chances and just aren’t finishing while Nashville jumps on their opportunities. I don’t care how good Rinne is, if you want to be considered a star in the league, finish with the puck or get out of the playoffs. I love my Wings but am just sick of guys missing the net!

  17. IainRWB - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    Given that this is the first time in franchise history we ever finished above Detroit and given this series is so close, it’s easy to resist the urge to get cocky.

    Tomorrow’s game is obviously huge for Detroit. If we steal it away then we’re in great shape heading home.

  18. themediaisdumberthandirt - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    I laugh at the people who say the Wings are done. The series is 2-1, the Wings have played better than the Preds in 2 of the 3 games, and the Preds have a horribly pathetic power play. They have 1 goal out of 14 or 15 chances including a 5-3 advantage in at least 2 games (I think all 3 but can’t remember). If the Wings can stay out of the box (and if the refs will stop calling all this ticky-tack garbage completely one-sided against the Wings) they will have more chances. Think about it; the first 2 games the Wings had 6 penalties in each game, that is 12 minutes they were unable to attack and are missing their best PK in Helm, and Lidstrom is also not playing on the PK because of an injury…..yet still the Preds cannot score. Numbers never lie people, the Preds may indeed win this series, but it will not come easy and the Wings are far from done. On a side note, if this does go 7, the Wings have themselves to blame for their poor showing in the final game of the season when they could have moved up to 4th place with a win. One more thing, the Preds have so much as come out and said they copy what the Wings do, so recognize all you Predator fans that your team is unable to find success on their own, so they mimic the greatest franchise of all time.

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