Nashville Scores Twice in 32 Seconds to Shock Detroit

Preds even series at two with league's best team
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 11:31 PM CDT
Nashville Predators right wing Martin Erat (10), of the Czech Republic, circles around the net as Detroit Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek (39), of the Czech Republic, tries to get back up.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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(Newser) – The NHL's top team now finds itself in a first-round fight. Dan Hamhuis and Shea Weber scored in 32-second span in the first period, and the Nashville Predators evened their Western Conference playoff series against the No. 1-seeded Detroit Red Wings with a 3-2 victory in Game 4 on Wednesday night.

Dan Ellis stopped 39 shots, Greg de Vries added a goal and Martin Erat had two assists as the eighth-seeded Predators grabbed a lead in the first period and never let up on the Red Wings. They even chased six-time Vezina Trophy winner Dominik Hasek at 6:35 of the second, having stopped 11 of 14 shots. Game 5 is Friday night in Detroit.