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NHL: Detroit 4, Nashville 2

April 12, 2008 at 5:43 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, April 12 (UPI) -- Dominik Hasek made 15 first-period saves Saturday, helping Detroit beat Nashville 4-2 for a 2-0 lead in their NHL Western Conference quarterfinal series.

The 43-year-old Hasek, who stopped 25 of 27 shots, raised his playoff record to 65-47 in 112 career playoff games. Hasek helped the Red Wings claim their last Stanley Cup title in 2002.

While Hasek thwarted the Predators, Darren McCarty scored at 2:26 of the first period. Detroit built a 3-2 lead when Kris Draper's goal broke a 2-2 tie with five minutes left in the second.

Tomas Holmstrom scored once with an assist.

Brian Rafalski had two assists, while Pavel Datsyuk, Mark Hartigan and Jiri Hudler all had one assist.

Nashville got one goal each from Alexander Radulov (power play) and Jordin Tootoo, both in the second period. Goalie Dan Ellis was beaten four times on 38 shots.

Game 3 will be Monday night in Nashville.

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