Eventually experience won out over youthful exuberance. The wily old veterans of the Detroit Red Wings putting an end to any thoughts of the Nashville Predators pulling yet another April surprise on Hockeytown’s Heroes. Ray Whitney and Steve Yzerman got the first two and only goals in the first two minutes of the first period, sending a message to their fans that all is well, the playoffs will continue.
Curtis Joseph was solid if under worked in the Red Wing net, facing only fifteen shots on Saturday, the Predators failing to capitalize on 5 power play opportunities. The largest crowd in Predator history made lots of noise, but could not will their team on to another victory, the Red Wings were able to use their two goal advantage by shutting down the Predator attack, keeping them off the puck and out of the Detroit end.
Tomas Vokoun could only watch as his team mates failed to launch a comeback, leaving him on his own to face 26 Red Wing shots. Yzerman’s goal put him into the Red Wing history books as he jumped ahead of Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe for most goals in Red Wing history with 68. With the Wings alive for the next series, he has a chance to add to that history book.