Red Wings Take 2-0 Lead Over Predators

Draper's tiebreaking goal, Hasek's 25 saves put Detroit in control
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 12, 2008 6:05 PM CDT
Nashville Predators Greg de Vries, upper right, Jan Hlavac (17), Dan Hamhuis (2), and goalie Dan Ellis, second from right, watch the goal from Detroit Red Wings' Tomas Holmstrom (not shown) today.    (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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(Newser) – Kris Draper's tiebreaking goal went off an opponent, Nick Lidstrom scored when one of his teammates could've been called for a penalty and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 today to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. In Game 1, the Red Wings took advantage of what appeared to be good fortune when offsides wasn't called just before they scored the game-winning goal.

Nashville general manager David Poile was critical of the officiating in both games while talking to reporters between the second and third periods. The eighth-seeded Predators can only hope the calls and bounces go their way Monday in Game 3 against the NHL's top-seeded team. Detroit's Dominik Hasek made 25 saves and Dan Ellis had 34 for the Predators in the second playoff game of his career.