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Predators Vs. Red Wings, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 5: Nashville Wins 2-1, Clinches Series

For the first time since 2006, the Detroit Red Wings lost in the opening round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. A third period goal from the Nashville Predators broke a tie, and held up as the game-winner in a 2-1 victory on Friday night.

Detroit struggled to create scoring chances throughout the game and went 0-2 on the power play. When the Wings did manage to get a shot on goal, they found it incredibly difficult to beat Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, who turned away 22 shots and allowed just one goal.

David Legwand broke the tie just 13 seconds in the third period. Alexander Radulov fed the puck into Detroit's zone, and Gabriel Borque skated in on Jimmy Howard. The puck bounced backward where Legwand found it and flicked it in with the slightest wrist shot.

From there, Rinne took over.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. For more on the Nashville Predators, head over to On The Forecheck. More on the NHL in general as the playoffs continue can be found over at the SB Nation dedicated NHL hub.

Final - 4.20.2012 1 2 3 Total
Detroit Red Wings 0 1 0 1
Nashville Predators 1 0 1 2

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