Predators Vs. Red Wings, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 5: Nashville Eliminates Detroit With 2-1 Win

On Friday night, the Nashville Predators hosted the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of their opening round series in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Predators entered the series as underdogs but won the best-of-seven series, four games to one, with a win on home ice on a final score of 2-1.

The Predators took an early lead in the first period, with a goal at 16:10 by Alexander Radulov. The Red Wings tied things up at 13:45 in the second period, when Jiri Hudler was able to put one past Pekka Rinne.

The Predators sunk the vital go-ahead goal just 13 seconds into the third period. David Legwand found the net on this play, with assists by Gabriel Bourque and Radulov.

The goal allowed the Predators to advance on home ice and give a spectacular gift to the city that allowed them to stay and thrive.

For all news and information regarding the Nashville Predators, please visit On the Forecheck. For updates and perspective on the Detroit Red Wings, head on over to Winging it in Motown. For complete coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub.

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