GAME 5 FINAL THOUGHTS: Nashville 2, Red Wings 1
THE AMWAY QUALITY PLAY OF THE GAME
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TONIGHT’S THREE STARS, DRIVEN BY RAM
1) David Legwand – Scored the game-winning goal just 13 seconds into the third period and assisted on Alexander Radulov’s first period goal.
2) Alexander Radulov – His goal with 3:50 left in the first period put the Predators up 1-0. He also added an assist on Legwand’s game-winner in the third.
3) Pekka Rinne – Only had to make 21 saves on the night, but was a dominant force all series long.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT: @jjthomas06: “Mr. Rinne, tear down this wall.” #DRWChat
THEY SAID IT:
“Of course it’s disappointing. Right now it’s just empty, I think. Everyone in here believed something completely different than what the outcome was. It’s just empty right now.”
– Niklas Kronwall
“I think guys are still pretty in shock that our season is over and we’ll restart in the summertime. Looking back on the year, I thought we did a great job. Things just didn’t go right.”
– Jimmy Howard
“It definitely would have help us if we could put more pucks behind him (Rinne). I think we created chances, but couldn’t find a way to score. I think when we made mistakes, it ended up in our net. We played against a good team, but I think if we scored like we normally do, we would have had a better chance.”
– Henrik Zetterberg
“Well played. Good luck and see you next year.”
– Zetterberg on what he said to Shea Weber in the handshake line
“When you lose 4-1 in a series, you can talk about all of the games being close. To me, that’s not close. 4-1 is not close.”
– Mike Babcock
“I thought this was our worst game of the series. I thought we played lots of good hockey in the series, but I didn’t think we were very good today. You’ve got to give them credit.”
“We got tested. We got measured by the Detroit Red Wings. They’re a great hockey team. They manage the puck so well. They’ve got great experience. They’ve got great character. It hasn’t really sunk in.”
– Barry Trotz
NOT THE START THEY WANTED
Kyle Quincey’s turnover behind the net led to Alexander Radulov’s tally in the first period, but that wasn’t the whole story. The Red Wings were outshot 10-8 over the first 20 minutes, outhit 10-7 and blocked eight shots to Nashville’s one, meaning that the bulk of the opportunities were near Jimmy Howard. The team that scored the first goal was 5-0 in the series.
“I think the first period was (uncharacteristic). I thought we sharpened up and played a lot better in the second,” said Nick Lidstrom. “In the third, they scored right off the bat in the first shift. I thought we were coming back in that second period and playing a lot better, but we couldn’t get that second effort in the third period.”
FIL, HUDLER AND Z TEAM UP
The first 33 minutes of Game 5 weren’t promising for Detroit, who rode the goaltending of Jimmy Howard (23 saves) to keep them in the game. Then, as had been a talking point throughout the entire series, net-front presence came to forefront. Henrik Zetterberg played the puck down the right side, throwing it to the net as Valtteri Filppula and Jiri Hudler made their way towards Pekka Rinne. The attempt caught Filppula, landed on Hudler’s stick and ended up by the Nashville netminder.