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NHL: Nashville 3, Detroit 2

April 15, 2012 at 3:10 PM

DETROIT, April 15 (UPI) -- Pekka Rinne turned aside 41-of-43 shots Sunday and Nashville bested Detroit 3-2 to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Rinne was especially active in the third period, when he made 18 saves as the Red Wings scrambled to get back into the contest.

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The Finnish netminder helped the Predators win their first-ever playoff contest in Detroit and take the advantage in their Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Kevin Klein notched a goal and an assist and made a stick save to prevent a Detroit goal in the final period.

Sergei Kostitsyn scored with 3 1/2 minutes left for a much-needed insurance tally and Shea Weber also found the net for Nashville.

Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored for the Red Wings.

Jimmy Howard 19 saves in Detroit's loss.

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