Grosse Pointe native David Legwand made two big plays which turned out to be the difference in Nashville’s 2-1 victory over the Red Wings Friday night to help the Predators clinch the Western Conference opening-round series.
Legwand gave the Predators a 1-0 lead when he stole the puck from Kyle Quincey from behind the net and found Alexander Radulov for the goal.
After Jiri Hudler pulled the Wings even, Legwand scored 13 seconds into the third period which turned out to be the game winner.
The MVP of the series had to be Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne who turned aside 21 of 22 shots Friday night and 102 of 106 during the final three games. He had a .955 save percentage for the series.
Now, what does the future hold for Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom who turns 42 later this month, and for that matter Tomas Holmstrom?
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has a lot of decisions to make in the upcoming months.