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Predators send Red Wings home

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- David Legwand scored 13 seconds into the third period, and the Nashville Predators advanced to the Western Conference semifinals with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.

The fourth-seeded Predators won the series, 4-1, capping a season in which they finished ahead of their Central Division rival for the first time, and beat the Red Wings for the first time in their third playoff series. Nashville made it even sweeter by handing the Red Wings their earliest postseason departure since a six-game first-round loss to Edmonton in 2006.

The Predators became the first team to advance this postseason, and they could face No. 3 seed Phoenix in the second round.

Legwand added an assist, and Alexander Radulov also had a goal and assist for Nashville. The team that scored first won each game, and that was Nashville again.

Jiri Hudler scored for Detroit, which heads into the summer having lost three straight waiting to see if captain Nicklas Lidstrom has played his last game after 20 seasons.

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Today's games

*The Capitals and Bruins return to work today when they play Game Five of their series (3 p.m., Chs. 2 and 5).

*San Jose has scored only seven goals in four playoff games against St. Louis, a reason why the Sharks face elimination when the teams play Game Five tonight (7:30 p.m., CNBC).

*The Panthers try to take a business-as-usual mind-set heading into today's Game Five in the series against the Devils. The first-round matchup is deadlocked at 2-2 (6:30 p.m., NHL Network).

*Coach John Tortorella tweaked the New York Rangers' top two lines during practice Friday -- Marian Gaborik skated with Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov, and Brad Richards centered Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky -- ahead of today's Game Five of the Eastern Conference playoff series against Ottawa (7 p.m., NBCSN and Ch. 5). The series is tied, 2-2.

*Phoenix and Chicago have gone to overtime in all four games. The Coyotes have won three of them, and can wrap up the series tonight (10 p.m., NBCSN).

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