Red Wings Vs. Predators, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 4: Detroit Controls Scoreless First Period

We're scoreless through one period of play at Joe Louis Arena, but if you can win a period without putting a point on the board, the Detroit Red Wings certainly did that. Or perhaps the Nashville Predators won the period by not allowing a goal during that first 20 minutes.

Nashville only trailed 11 to seven in the shots category during the first, but those numbers were a bit misleading. The Red Wings were particularly strong in the transition game, catching the Predators off guard in the neutral zone on multiple occasons. Johan Franzen came close on one particular instance when he broke in on Pekka Rinne's goal and just squeaked the puck past the outside of the post. Detroit also controlled possession for most of the five-on-five play.

Stick with SBNation.com for full Red Wings vs. Predators series coverage. For more from the Detroit perspective, check in with Winging It In Motown and SB Nation Detroit. For more from the Nashville perspective, check in with On The Forecheck.

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