Detroit Eliminated in 5
The Red Wings head home after losing to Nashville in 5 games. Game 5 was practically indistinguishable from any of Nashville's other wins this series. The Predators didn't need many chances to capitalize off Detroit defensive errors and were able to set up a brick wall in their zone to prevent Detroit from tying the game in the third.
The Red Wings continued their persistent penalty box carousel early on, with Danny Cleary going off for interference just 15 seconds in. Detroit was fortunate that Mike Fisher was also called for interference 16 seconds later negating the Detroit penalty. The game was evenly matched for much of the period with both teams getting scoring chances however Nashville was able to score while Detroit was not. Kyle Quincey gave the puck away to David Legwand behind the net and the Michigan native sent a pass in front to Alex Radulov who scored at 16:10. The Red Wings were unable to score on a power play that spilled over into the second on a goaltender interference call to Brandon Yip.
Nashville sustained more pressure than Detroit, however the Wings were finally able put one behind Rinne. Henrik Zetterberg fired a far angle shot that caromed off Rinne's pads, allowing Jiri Hudler to jam in the rebound. The goal gave Detroit a spark but they were unable to score again.
Just 13 seconds into the third period, David Legwand sealed the deal with a goal from Gabriel Bourque and Alex Radulov that resulted from lazy coverage by Brad Stuart. The Red Wings applied some pressure but mainly had one and done plays throughout the period. The Zetterberg-Hudler-Filppula lined looked the most engaged and motivated of any lines but were unable to get another shot past Pekka Rinne.
If Nick Lidstrom does retire, this will be the first playoff series in his entire career that he did not register at least one point. I hope that he will be back next year to restart his streak.
A.K. Bennett, @MrAdrianKeith