The Detroit Red Wings entered their game against the Nashville Predators on Friday night hoping to pick up a win to even their best-of-seven playoff series at one game apiece. Detroit ended up realizing their goal as they took an early lead and managed to hold on for the win. The first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff series is now tied 1-1 following a 3-1 Red Wings victory.
Detroit scored twice in the first period, on goals by Ian White and Cory Emmerton. The Predators finally found the net at 9:01 in the second period to halve the Detroit lead, but just 56 seconds later, Johan Franzen scored to push the Red Wings lead to 3-1.
The Predators made a move in the final five minutes of the final regulation period. Shea Weber scored an unassisted goal at 15:16 to cut the Red Wings' lead to just 3-2. The Predators were unable to score again, however, as their last-minute empty net gambit went unrewarded and Detroit clung to their lead to take the game and even the series.
Jimmy Howard saved 24 of 26 shots in the victory and the Red Wings scored three goals on just 17 shots.