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Predators beat Red Wings 3-2, take 2-1 series lead

By Larry Lage

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, April 15 2012 1:11 p.m. MDT

Nashville Predators right wing Andrei Kostitsyn (46), of Belarus, and defenseman Shea Weber (6) high-five the bench after Weber's goal during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit, Sunday, April 15, 2012.

Carlos Osorio, Associated Press

DETROIT — Shea Weber turned boos into silence with a goal early in the first period and the Nashville Predators held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.

Henrik Zetterberg scored with just under a minute left to pull the Red Wings within one, but they couldn't tie the game to force overtime.

Weber, jeered for smashing Zetterberg's face into glass at the end of Game 1, snapped Nashville's 0-for-12 streak on the power play against the Red Wings and helped the franchise win its first playoff game against them on the road.

Detroit will need to win Tuesday night at home to avoid facing elimination in Game 5 at Nashville.

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