Wings Go Up 2-0

By: AP
By: AP

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings took advantage of all their breaks.
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 Detroit beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 Saturday 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 on Saturday between the second and third periods.
The eighth-seeded Predators can only hope the calls and bounces go their way Monday night at home 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.
Darren McCarty added to his comeback story, putting the Red Wings ahead 1-0 early in the game by scoring off a rebound.
Lidstrom gave Detroit a two-goal lead in the opening minute of the second period when Tomas Holmstrom appeared to have a skate in the crease and could've been called for goaltender interference.
Nashville erased the cushion in an 11-second span when Alexander Radulov and Jordin Tootoo scored in the third minute of the second to make it 2-all.
The Predators fell behind again 2 1/2 minutes later when Draper pushed the puck to the front of the net and it went off a Predator's skate and into the net. Holmstrom gave Detroit another two-goal lead when he scored off a rebound midway through the third period.
While the Red Wings took advantage of some breaks, Nashville hurt its chances by getting called for penalties when it was on the power play -- as it did in Game 1 -- and by going to the penalty box in the final minutes while trying to rally.
Notes:@ Faces in the crowd included NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Kid Rock. ... Tootoo scored Nashville's only goal in Game 1. ... The Red Wings didn't have a fan in every seat during their two home games, but did draw much larger crowds than they had last postseason when several rows in some sections were empty.


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