Kevin Klein scored the go-ahead goal as the Nashville Predators moved within one game of advancing to round two in the National Hockey League playoffs with a 3-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Predators headed home with a 3-1 advantage in their best-of-seven series. The Florida Panthers overcame a three-goal deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 and take a 2-1 lead in their series, and the Phoenix Coyotes topped the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime to move ahead 2-1 in their series.
At Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Gabriel Bourque gave the Predators a 1-0 lead early in the third period before Jiri Hudler tied the score 79 seconds later. Klein and David Legwand cemented the victory with two goals during the final 14 minutes.
Nashville can win its series against Detroit in Game 5 on April 20.
At Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Zach Parise, Stephen Gionta and Patrik Elias gave the Devils a 3-0 lead six minutes into the game. Sean Bergenheim started the Panthers’ scoring 10 minutes later with a power-play goal, followed by Jason Garrison’s tally with eight seconds left in the first period. Mike Weaver and Brian Campbell contributed goals in the second period for the Panthers.
The Devils host the Panthers in Game 4 tomorrow.
Coyotes Win in Overtime
At United Center in Chicago, Mikkel Boedker scored his first goal of the playoffs 13 minutes into overtime for the Coyotes.
Andrew Brunette got a goal with 29 seconds left in the first period to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead. Rostislav Klesla tied the game at 1-1 eight minutes into the third period. Michael Frolik scored 30 seconds later for the Blackhawks and Ray Whitney forced the game into overtime at nine minutes, 21 seconds.
The Coyotes are back in Chicago tomorrow for Game 4 against the Blackhawks.
In tonight’s games, the New York Rangers are looking for their third victory against the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 of their series. The Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Philadelphia, where the Flyers can take the series 4-0 with a win. The Los Angeles Kings, with a 3-0 series lead, host the Vancouver Canucks.