Post-Game Musings: Game 3 at Detroit

Sunday, 04.15.2012 / 3:08 PM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Post-Game Musings: Game 3 at Detroit
It was the Pekka Rinne show this afternoon in Detroit. The Nashville goaltender stopped 41-of-43 shots – 18 in the third period alone – to backstop the Preds to a big 3-2 win. Kevin Klein posted a multi-point performance with a highlight reel-caliber breakaway goal in the second period and an assist on the game-winning goal late in the third.

With the win the Preds claimed a 2-1 lead in the series, Nashville’s first-ever playoff win at Joe Louis Arena.

No on to the musings...

THREE MUSINGS:
Klein Shines – The Suter-Weber duo logged huge ice time, but Kevin Klein’s contributions were crucial to the Nashville cause. His goal drew the headlines --- and it was a beauty of a play --- but it was his play in the defensive zone that really stood out. He was excellent in one-on-one battles tonight and very effective taking away shooting lanes. His shot block 5:40 into the third period prevented a very dangerous rebound chance for the Wings with the score still 2-1 Nashville. And then later in the period, he triggered the three-on-one breakout that resulted in Sergei Kostitsyn’s goal to give the Preds a two-goal cushion. Klein closed out the game with the two points and a +1 plus/minus rating in a physical 22:58 of ice time.


Déjà vu – Sergei Kostitsyn had a partial breakaway 7:30 into the third period in Game 1 of the series, but was foiled by Jimmy Howard's right pad save. Tonight he had a similar scoring opp on an odd-man rush with 3:30 left in regulation and snapped the shot under the crossbar for a huge insurance goal, which became the game-winner when the Wings scored a six-on-four power-play goal with 51.9 seconds left in the game.


2011 Flashback – Today’s game was eerily reminiscent of Game 3 of last year’s Western Conference Quarterfinals Series. Last year after splitting the first two games, Nashville claimed an early 2-0 lead only to see Anaheim race back to tie the game and then the Preds scored early in the third period to re-gain the lead, only to see Anaheim respond moments later, before Mike Fisher netted the winner midway through the frame. Today Nashville again claimed a 2-0 lead before Detroit scored once and nearly netted a second at the tail end of Period 2, but much like last year’s game the Preds held off the surge for a one-goal win.


THREE STARS:
NSH G Pekka Rinne – 41 saves; 18 saves in the third period
NSH D Kevin Klein – 1 goal, 1 assist; huge blocked shot early in P3 to prevent goal, won a ton of 1-on-1 battles
DET F Pavel Datsyuk – 1 goal; changed game’s momentum, created several other dangerous scoring chances


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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
8 ANA 49 24 18 7 106 113 55
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 51 24 21 6 136 156 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 49 22 24 3 129 145 47
13 WPG 50 22 25 3 129 143 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 52 10 27 -4 37
S. Weber 52 13 20 -6 33
J. Neal 52 18 13 16 31
M. Ribeiro 52 6 25 1 31
F. Forsberg 52 14 16 -9 30
M. Ekholm 52 6 16 1 22
R. Ellis 51 6 15 0 21
C. Smith 52 11 6 -1 17
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
C. Jarnkrok 51 8 7 -3 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 19 17 7 .903 2.51
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36