DETROIT Henrik Zetterberg broke a tie at 6:54 of the third period and added an empty-net goal, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night in Game 1 of the first-round series.
Dominik Hasek, playing in his 116th playoff game, made 19 saves for the top-seeded Wings and Dan Ellis stopped 37 shots for the Predators before being pulled with just over a minute left.
Detroit's Johan Franzen scored in the first period and Nashville's Jordin Tootoo tied it late in the second.
Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Saturday in Detroit.
A couple minutes after Nashville's Vernon Fiddler hit a post on a shot in the third period, the Red Wings' 90-point stars combined to break a tie and energize Joe Louis Arena.
Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk prevented Shea Weber from clearing the puck to set up the tiebreaking goal. Then, Datsyuk made a cross-ice pass from the left circle to perfectly set up Zetterberg's one-timer that hit the back of the net before Ellis could slide over or get his glove on it.
Ellis kept the Predators in the game, though, by making 26 saves in the first two periods.
CANADIENS 4, BRUINS 1: At Montreal, Sergei and Andrei Kostitsyn scored goals 1:28 apart in the opening minutes of their playoff debuts, and Montreal remained perfect against Boston this season. Carey Price also made his playoff debut, stopping 17 shots for Montreal, which finished first overall in the Eastern Conference with 104 points, in large part thanks to sweeping eight games against the Bruins. Bryan Smolinski and Tom Kostopoulos also scored for the Canadiens. Bruins goalie Tim Thomas stopped 28 shots in his first playoff game and Shawn Hnidy scored for Boston in the first period.
STARS 4, DUCKS 0: At Anaheim, Marty Turco put on an acrobatic show in goal and the Dallas power play provided more than enough offense to put the defending Stanley Cup Champions in an early playoff hole. Turco earned his fourth career postseason shutout and Dallas defeated the Anaheim in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Game 2 is Saturday night in Anaheim.
Turco made 23 saves, Steve Ott and Loui Eriksson had first-period power-play goals, and Jere Lehtinen and Brendan Morrow added power-play scores in the second for the Stars, who have been eliminated in the opening round for each of the past three years. Morrow also had two assists, as did Mike Ribeiro.
The Ducks' usual strong suits, their veteran defense and goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, were vulnerable, Giguere faced 37 shots.
SHARKS 2, FLAMES 0: At San Jose, Evgeni Nabokov made sure the Sharks left San Jose with something to show for all those shots in their first two playoff games. Nabokov made 21 saves in his sixth career postseason shutout, and rookie Torrey Mitchell scored a power-play goal in the Sharks' 2-0 victory over Calgary, evening their first-round series at a game apiece.
Joe Pavelski also scored an early goal for the second-seeded Sharks.
Calgary beat San Jose in Game 1 on Wednesday night despite a 16-shot disadvantage and a home sellout crowd expecting big things from the NHL's second-best regular season team.
Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 41 shots for the seventh-seeded Flames.