–Nashville has had Detroit’s number this season. The Predators have won four consecutive games vs. the Red Wings, thanks mostly to strong goaltending. Pekka Rinne has won three in a row against Detroit, stopping 108 of 110 shots in the process (.982 save percentage). The teams meet once more, in Nashville on April 2.

–The Predators set a physical tone early in the game. Shane O’Brien hit Justin Abdelkader in the head, causing him to miss a couple of shifts. David Legwand shoved Nicklas Lidstrom into the boards, shaking up the Detroit captain. Shea Weber took exception to a check from Patrick Eaves and took a run at him behind the Nashville net, resulting in a penalty.

–The Wings had an apparent power-play goal by Niklas Kronwall waved off with 1:38 to play in the first period, when referee Stephen Walkom ruled that Tomas Holmstrom made incidental contact with goalie Pekka Rinne in the crease. Wings coach Mike Babcock said he disagreed with the call, calling it disappointing.

“I thought it was a great game. It was a lot of fun out there, the crowd was into it. That was a playoff game. Well-reffed, they just let us battle out there. It just came down to special teams and they got one late on us. We had our chances, too.” — Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard.

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