NASHVILLE Entering their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with Detroit a team that they had not beaten in two previous postseason meetings the Nashville Predators were confident, but not cocky.
That confidence helped them to prevail, winning the series in five short games punctuated by Friday's 2-1 win at Bridgestone Arena in Game 5.
The brevity of the series might have surprised some observers, coming as it did against an opponent that set an NHL record during the season for consecutive home victories with 23. Undeterred, the Preds beat Detroit both times in its own building despite never having won at Joe Louis Arena in six previous tries.
Predators coach Barry Trotz said his team had "tons of confidence" despite allowing Detroit to tie the game at 1-1 late in the second period. David Legwand scored 13 seconds into the third period for the game-winner.
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