Henrik Zetterberg broke a tie at 6:54 of the third period and added an empty-net goal, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night in the postseason opener for both teams. Dominik Hasek, playing in his 116th playoff game, made 19 saves for the top-seeded Wings.
Dan Ellis stopped 37 shots for the Predators before being pulled with just over a minute left. Detroit's Johan Franzen scored in the first period and Nashville's Jordin Tootoo tied it late in the second. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Saturday in Detroit.