NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ian White and Cory Emmerton scored in the first period, and the Detroit Red Wings got the best revenge against the Nashville Predators with a 3-2 victory Friday night that evened the opening series 1-1.
Johan Franzen also scored, and Jimmy Howard made 24 saves as the Red Wings answered Nashville defenseman Shea Weber being fined only $2,500 for smashing Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass at the end of Game 1 on Wednesday night.
Todd Bertuzzi dropped the gloves with Weber 1:36 into the game and landed a good punch before they were separated.
Game 3 is Sunday in Detroit.
Weber and Andrei Kostitsyn scored for Nashville, which missed a chance for its first 2-0 series lead in its seventh postseason. The Predators had yet another sold-out crowd, yet the NHL's best power play in the regular season is 0 of 12 in the series.
Detroit coach Mike Babcock had said his Red Wings didn't have the personnel to retaliate against Weber for shoving Zetterberg's head into the glass at the end of Game 1. Well, Bertuzzi is around, and he dropped the gloves early to get it over with. Zetterberg even got a push in on Weber in the second period.
Weber gave the Predators a chance with his goal with 4:44 left, scoring on a backhander from the slot. But that was it as the Red Wings grabbed home-ice advantage.
The Predators cut down their penalties from the first game with only two aside from Weber's fighting major. They also outshot and outhit the Red Wings while holding them to the fewest shots Detroit has ever taken against Nashville in the postseason with 17.
But goalie Pekka Rinne, who made 35 saves in the opening victory for Nashville, gave up three goals on the first 10 shots he faced.
Nashville missed a couple chances off the post, including after Weber's goal on a shot by Kostitsyn. Howard had a nice pad save on Alexander Radulov on Nashville's first man advantage.
The Red Wings didn't take a shot until Pavel Datsyuk got the puck off a turnover and had a breakaway attempt at 5:00. Rinne easily caught the puck.
White put Detroit up 1-0 — the Red Wings' first leadoff the series — at 8:25 of the first when he got the puck from Jiri Hudler and skated up and wristed the puck from just inside the faceoff circle. The Predators had some good chances only to see Howard stop them.
Then the Red Wings blocked a shot by Nashville defenseman Kevin Klein, and Emmerton grabbed the puck and skated up the left side before beating Rinne over his stick with a wrister at 15:33.
The Predators had the NHL's best power play in the regular season, but they have yet to score against Detroit in this series. They went 0 of 6 in Game 1, then missed with 30 seconds on their second 5-on-3 of the series. Kostitsyn pulled Nashville to 2-1 with a wrister through traffic at 9:01 of the second.
Detroit answered 56 seconds later when Brad Stuart's shot at the net deflected off Franzen's skate, putting the Red Wings back up 3-1.
Notes: Detroit previously had 26 shots against Nashville in the 2004 and 2008 playoffs. ... Counting the 12 penalties killed in the first two games, the Red Wings have killed 37 straight. ... The Red Wings improved to 9-3 in Game 2 of the first-round series since 2000. They also have outscored opponents 45-29 in those games. ... Nashville is 2-6 in Game 2 in the postseason.
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