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Nashville Predators 1, Detroit Red Wings 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Nashville Predators 1, Detroit Red Wings 2 FINAL
Nashville Predators 1, Detroit Red Wings 2

DETROIT (AP) _ The Detroit Red Wings have plenty of skill.

And just enough luck.

Mathieu Schneider's slap shot went off goaltender Tomas Vokoun and off the boards before hitting Vokoun's skate and trickling into the net with 2:45 left to give Detroit a 2-1 victory Saturday over the Nashville Predators.

``I thought it was underneath him, I turned my head and thought the play was over,'' Schneider said. ``I can't believe it went in.

``I think it's probably a little deflating for them to go through the whole game and lose in the last couple of minutes.''

The Red Wings are ahead 2-0 in the first-round series because they have outscored the Predators 4-0 in the third period. In Game 1, Nashville took a one-goal lead into the third period before losing 3-1.

``We were right there again,'' Predators coach Barry Trotz said.

The teams will make a quick turnaround and play Game 3 of the best-of-seven series Sunday in Nashville.

The winning goal in Game 2 came on the power play after the Red Wings were 0-for-9 in the series with an extra man. Schneider's shot from above the right circle went off Vokoun's arm, then behind him before caroming toward the net where the sprawled-out goalie had the misfortune of having the puck go off his skate.

Vokoun laid flat on his back as the crowd cheered.

``It doesn't matter how you win,'' Detroit's Darren McCarty said. ``It doesn't have to be pretty.''

Manny Legace made 27 saves, and Robert Lang scored for Detroit, which had the NHL's best record during the regular season.

Nashville's Vladimir Orszagh tied it at 1 midway through the second period and Vokoun kept the Predators in it with 26 saves. The Predators were 0-for-6 on the power play Saturday and are 0-for-9 for the series.

``We're standing in a bit of a hole,'' Trotz said.

Legace was sharp one day after he was hit on his mask by a puck during practice. Legace said he was unconscious for a couple minutes before he left the ice and was examined by two doctors.

``I feel fine _ we won,'' he said. ``It would've been worse if we lost.''

The career backup has become Detroit's No. 1 goalie because Curtis Joseph is hobbled with an ankle injury, and Dominik Hasek had a season-ending groin injury.

Lang's second goal of the series _ which he poked past Vokoun _ put the Red Wings ahead 1-0 at 5:45 of the second period.

``He's dangerous right now,'' Red Wings coach Dave Lewis said of the center acquired from Washington in February.

Shortly after Vokoun stopped Ray Whitney on a short-handed breakaway, Nashville tied it midway through the second. Orszagh fooled Legace with a move between the circles off a centering pass from Martin Erat, then went crashing into the post _ face first.

``My head feels like a melon,'' Orszagh said.

The Predators were without standout defenseman Marek Zidlicky, who left Wednesday's game with what the team is calling ``an upper body injury.'' Zidlicky was third on the team during the regular season with 53 points, and was a key player on the power play.

``That has to hurt them,'' Lewis said.

Detroit has the most playoff experience among teams in the postseason, and the Predators have the least.

Nashville began the playoffs with a combined 247 games of postseason experience, while the Red Wings have 11 players who have played at least 100 games, led by Chris Chelios with 216.

Detroit is making its 53rd postseason appearance and 14th consecutive while Nashville is in the playoffs for the first time in its six-season history.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
05:45
DET
Robert Lang (2) Slapshot - ASST: Brendan Shanahan (1), Tomas Holmstrom (1)
1 - 0 DET
12:41
NSH
Vladimir Orszagh (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Martin Erat (1)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
17:15
DET
PPG - Mathieu Schneider (1) Slapshot - ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (1), Brendan Shanahan (2)
2 - 1 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
00:22
DET
Brendan Shanahan  Interference against  Scott Hartnell
00:54
NSH
Jeremy Stevenson  Interference against  Kirk Maltby
09:10
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Holding against  Shane Hnidy
14:48
DET
Brendan Shanahan  Hooking - Obstruction against  Scott Walker
2nd Period
02:16
NSH
David Legwand  Tripping - Obstruction against  Mathieu Schneider
08:09
DET
Chris Chelios  Roughing against  Jordin Tootoo
10:08
DET
Mathieu Dandenault  Tripping against  Greg Johnson
14:49
NSH
Shane Hnidy  Holding the stick against  Robert Lang
17:26
DET
Brendan Shanahan  Roughing against  David Legwand
3rd Period
11:19
NSH
Shane Hnidy  Roughing against  Darren McCarty
16:35
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Interference against  Chris Chelios
20:00
NSH
Kimmo Timonen  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 28TOI: 58:40
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .929SH: 3 - 3
Manny Legace
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .964SH: 2 - 2