Predators eliminate Red Wings; Penguins stay alive

The Nashville Predators eliminated the Detroit Red Wings from the NHL playoffs with a 2-1 win on Friday while the Pittsburgh Penguins stayed alive with a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

David Legwand, a Detroit native, scored 13 seconds into the third period to give Nashville the win and series in Game Five of the best-of-seven Western Conference first round series.

Alexander Radulov had given the Predators the early lead in the first period before Jiri Hudler equalized in the second.

The loss marked the first time since 2006 that Detroit had been eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs.

In Pittsburgh, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury shut down the Flyers for the final two periods and the Penguins avoided elimination from the Eastern Conference playoffs for a second consecutive game.

Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy both had a goal and an assist for the host Penguins, who used the come-from-behind win to pull within a game of the Flyers at 3-2 in their best of seven series. Philadelphia had won the first three games.

Game Six is in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Fleury gave up two power play goals to Matt Carle and Scott Hartnell in the first period, but denied the Flyers the rest of the game, making 14 of his 24 saves in the final period.

Steve Sullivan had scored a powerplay goal for Pittsburgh in the first period before Staal tied the score at 2-2 6:15 into the second and less than four minutes later Kennedy gave the Penguins the lead for keeps.

(Reporting By Gene Cherry in Salvo North Carolina; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)