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A shot sails past Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne and Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom in the third period of Game 1 on Wednesday.
NHL playoffs

Home ice proves nice for Predators

– Gabriel Bourque scored two goals in his postseason debut, and the Nashville Predators held onto home-ice advantage by beating the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Wednesday night to open their Western Conference playoff series.

Game 2 is Friday night in Nashville.

Paul Gaustad scored his first postseason goal, and Pekka Rinne made 35 saves. The Predators started at home after edging Detroit for the No. 4 seed, and they started their third postseason series against their Central Division rival with their first win in the opening game.

Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom scored power-play goals for Detroit.

Detroit center Darren Helm was cut on the right arm in the first period and didn’t return. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Helm was taken to a hospital for surgery.

Nashville gave Detroit 44 seconds of a 5-on-3 when Ryan Suter was called for slashing at with 3:52 to go. The Predators killed off the 5-on-3, but Holmstrom scored with 2:07 left to give Detroit a chance.

After Holmstrom’s goal, Nashville took its timeout while Detroit coach Mike Babcock pulled Jimmy Howard for the extra attacker.

With 22.9 seconds left, Martin Erat went to the box for holding, but the Predators sealed up the victory.

Detroit came in with all the tradition thanks to 11 Stanley Cups against a Nashville franchise that has been using the Red Wings as its measuring stick since hitting the ice in 1998-99. Detroit also is the team Nashville has played the most in the postseason with nine of the first 12 games decided by two goals or fewer.

FLYERS 4, PENGUINS 3, OT: In Pittsburgh, Jakub Voracek beat Marc-Andre Fleury from in close 2:23 into overtime to give Philadelphia a comeback victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Fleury stopped Matt Read’s shot from the corner, but Voracek pounced on the rebound to cap a furious rally from a 3-0 deficit.

Daniel Briere scored twice, and Brayden Schenn added a goal in his playoff debut. Ilya Brzygalov settled down after a shaky start to finish with 25 saves.

Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Pascal Dupuis scored for the Penguins, and Fleury stopped 22 shots

Game 2 is Friday night in Pittsburgh.

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