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10th: First playoff shutout evens Detroit series at 2-2

by Kevin Wilson / Nashville Predators
April 13, 2004

The sell-out crowd at the Sommet Center was as loud as ever for Game 4 of the Predators first-ever playoff series, which saw Tomas Vokoun stop 41 shots to shut out the heavily-favored Detroit Red Wings, and knot their Western Conference Quarterfinal series at 2-2.

Steve Sullivan notched the first goal of the game at 10:44 of the first, and Vladimir Orszagh and Greg Johnson followed suit with goals of their own in Nashville’s 3-0 victory.

“It's great. I was happy, ... and you want to stay down to earth,” Vokoun said. “It's 2-2, and I wish that was a 40-save shutout in Game 7 and we won and you could enjoy it more. I'm going to enjoy it. It's great. There's not much better you can do.”

The Predators were outshot 41-20 for the game, and a combined 83-41 in the two games in the Music City, but Vokoun was a brick wall, stopping all but one of the shots he faced to send the series back to Detroit tied.

“We give up a lot of shots, but a lot of shots I'm able to see and they have got to be doing something right. It's all about that. If you can see, you can stop it,” Vokoun said.

Though the Preds would fall in the series four games to two, Vokoun’s performances in the two wins provided some of the most memorable moments in franchise history.

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