Predators end Wings' season

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NASHVILLE — David Legwand scored 13 seconds into the third period, and the Predators advanced to the Western Conference semifinals with a 2-1 victory over the Red Wings in Game 5 on Friday night.

The Predators, the first team to advance in the postseason, beat the Red Wings in the playoffs for the first time in the teams' third series against each other.

"Right now it seems like another win, but it'll sink in a little bit," goalie Pekka Rinne, who made 21 saves, told NBC. "We'll go to the locker room and realize we just won four games against one of the better teams in the league."

This is Detroit's earliest postseason departure since a six-game first-round loss to Edmonton in 2006.

"I just thought we didn't have enough depth up front," coach Mike Babcock said. "I just thought … we weren't good enough."

Penguins force Game 6

PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury restored order to his goal crease and his team's Stanley Cup hopes.

Fleury turned aside 24 shots — a dozen in a frantic third period, seven of them on a Flyers power play — and the Penguins fended off elimination for the second straight game with a 3-2 comeback victory in Game 5 of the East series.

Pittsburgh cut Philadelphia's series lead to 3-2.

Matt Carle and Scott Hartnell scored power-play goals in the first for Philadelphia, which didn't score at even strength for the second straight game. The Flyers' last even-strength goal came 27 seconds into the third period of Game 3.

"Five on five, we're getting badly outplayed," Hartnell said. "We're getting badly outscored." But Fleury won Pittsburgh this game, he said.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby agreed. "(Fleury) was on, and he made some huge (saves). It definitely was the difference in the game."

Jordan Staal, coming off a hat trick in Pittsburgh's 10-3 victory in Game 4, beat Ilya Bryzgalov over the glove 6:15 into the second to tie the score at 2. Tyler Kennedy scored 3:38 later to give Pittsburgh the lead for good.

playoff news: Commissioner Gary Bettman said complaints from teams about their players receiving suspensions in the postseason are nothing more than "gamesmanship." Nine players were issued suspensions through the first eight days of the playoffs. … The league will announce today whether the Coyotes' Raffi Torres will be disciplined for his hit to the head of the Blackhawks' Marian Hossa that led to Hossa being take off the ice on a stretcher in Game 3 of that series. Torres wasn't penalized in the game. He was suspended indefinitely pending a hearing Friday with league discipline czar Brendan Shanahan in New York. Hossa didn't play in Game 4 on Thursday and didn't travel to Phoenix for today's Game 5.

rookie finalists: The Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog and the Devils' Adam Henrique are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, given to the rookie of the year. The winner will be announced June 20.

around the league: Canadiens owner Geoff Molson sent Mike Cammalleri the jersey he wore for his last game with Montreal before being traded mid game to the Flames on Jan. 12, Cammalleri said. He had asked since-fired general manager Pierre Gauthier at the time if he could keep the jersey; Gauthier told him he would have to pay $1,250 for it.

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First Period1, Nashville, Radulov 1 (Legwand), 16:10. PenaltiesCleary, Det (interference), :15; Fisher, Nas (interference), :31; Ericsson, Det (hooking), 11:55; Yip, Nas (goaltender interference), 18:26.

Second Period2, Detroit, Hudler 2 (V.Filppula, Zetterberg), 13:45. PenaltiesHolmstrom, Det (tripping), 8:09.

Third Period3, Nashville, Legwand 2 (Bourque, Radulov), :13. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalDetroit 8-6-8—22. Nashville 10-8-7—25. Power-play opportunitiesDetroit 0 of 2; Nashville 0 of 3. GoaliesDetroit, Howard 1-4-0 (25 shots-23 saves). Nashville, Rinne 4-1-0 (22-21).

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First Period1, Phila, Carle 1 (Read, Jagr), 11:45 (pp). 2, Pitts, Sullivan 2 (Letang, Neal), 14:51 (pp). 3, Phila, Hartnell 1 (Briere, Giroux), 17:35 (pp). PenaltiesSimmonds, Phi (tripping), 5:49; Engelland, Pit (roughing), 9:47; Coburn, Phi (interference), 13:13; Malkin, Pit (roughing), 15:43; Adams, Pit (slashing), 17:25.

Second Period4, Pitts, Staal 6 (Kennedy, Letang), 6:15. 5, Pitts, Kennedy 3 (Cooke, Staal), 9:53. PenaltiesLilja, Phi (hooking), :53; Malkin, Pit (interference), 17:20.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesKennedy, Pit (slashing), 7:37. Shots on GoalPhila 7-5-14—26. Pitts 6-9-8—23. Power-play opportunitiesPhila 2 of 5; Pitts 1 of 3. GoaliesPhila, Bryzgalov 3-2-0 (23 shots-20 saves). Pitts, Fleury 2-3-0 (26-24).

Predators end Wings' season 04/21/12 [Last modified: Saturday, April 21, 2012 1:09am]

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