WIngs Beat Predators In Overtime

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Johan Franzen scored 1:48 into overtime, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators and a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.
Valtteri Filppula, who scored Detroit's first goal, poked the puck away and Franzen ended up with it and beat Dan Ellis with a backhander.
The NHL's best team this season was less than a minute from winning in regulation, but Nashville's Radek Bonk slipped through the defense to get off a one-timer that got past Chris Osgood.
Osgood turned away 20 of the 21 shots he faced in regulation and validated Detroit coach Mike Babcock's decision to start him over Dominik Hasek. Game 6 in the best-of-seven series is Sunday in Nashville.
Ellis kept the Predators in the game, making 52 saves before he was pulled to give them an extra skater.
The Predators, who have lost all 10 postseason road games in franchise history, need to beat Detroit at home on Sunday and then snap their skid as visitors in Game 7 to advance.
Filppula scored in the opening minutes and the one-goal cushion looked like it was going be enough for the Red Wings until Bonk silenced the crowd.
For nearly three periods, the Predators struggled to simply get shots to the net against an inspired team that hustled to poke pucks away and clogged the front of the net with their bodies.
Filppula scored his first goal of the playoffs at 4:20 of the first period.
He carried the puck to the left circle and got off a wrist shot that went over Ellis' left shoulder and popped in and out of the corner of the net. Niklas Kronwall and Franzen assisted on the goal.
Detroit appeared to play with a sense of urgency at both ends of the ice.
The Red Wings sent shots and players at the net, taking 17 shots in the first period and 20 in the second.
They didn't give Nashville room to maneuver or shoot and effectively got in the way when the puck got anywhere near Osgood. Filppula helped out on defense, taking away a rebound opportunity from Martin Erat when he almost had a shot on an open net late in the first period.
Nashville had three power plays through the first two periods and had only one shot with an extra skater and had a total of 11 entering the third.
After planning to stick with Hasek throughout the playoffs, Babcock sat the six-time Vezina Trophy winner Friday night after pulling him in Game 4 after the Predators scored three times on 14 shots to help them earn a series-evening victory. Osgood had 13 saves in relief in Nashville.


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