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Nashville grabs back-to-back wins in Detroit, beat the Red Wings 3-1 for a 3-1 series lead.


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Nashville knew they had an opportunity to take another step in their short franchise history if they could muscle a win out of the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4. What they didn’t know was that it would take 40+ minutes before they would really get a decent chance on net.

Goals from Gabriel Bourque, Kevin Klein, and David Legwand, including a 40-save night from Pekka Rinne, gave Nashville a 3-1 win over Detroit and now gave them a 3-1 series lead over their perennial measuring stick.

Game 4 was almost an exact opposite display than we were treated to in Game 3. Nashville was outplayed, outchanced, and outgunned for nearly 40 minutes this evening before kicking things into motion in the third period. Yet, even though the Predators never had more than 7 shots in any period this game, it was the chances and lucky bounces that all went Nashville’s way, not to mention the stellar play of Pekka Rinne and the Predators penalty killers.

Now, don’t get me wrong, you’ll never hear me complain about the path of the lucky bounce. Stanley Cups are won and lost on the nightly bounces of the puck. Bourque was the recipient of the first lucky bounce, finding himself wide open for a snipe to the back of the net. And Kevin Klein? Boy I don’t know how to even describe what happened there. 3 Red Wings converge on Martin Erat, Howard follows his movements as well. Kevin Klein has a wide open net when Erat’s shot bounces off of Howard’s pads and the Detroit netminder can’t even pretend to get back to block the shot.

Tonight’s breakout player of the game? Nick Spaling. Spaling was literally all over the ice tonight. Spaling had 18+ minutes of ice time tonight, the only forward who had more was Mike Fisher. That speaks loads to the level of confidence that Barry Trotz has in Spaling. His presence on the penalty kill alone was unmistakably one of the top performances of the night as there were moments that the Red Wings couldn’t even get out of their zone due to Nick Spaling.

However, the story of the night was Pekka Rinne. Another game, another 35+ shots, another win. The one man who is single-handily frustrating the Red Wings has ice water in his veins come this time of the year. Yet, the difference between this year and last year is Rinne finally has goal support to help the Predators win the games that he stands on his head.

A win Friday against Detroit will not only seal the 2nd series win in franchise history and the SHORTEST series victory for the Predators, but it will send a message to the rest of the NHL that the Nashville Predators are a little more dangerous than they have been led to believe.