NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tomas Vokoun won't call his first
postseason shutout his most satisfying win. The Nashville goalie
will admit, however, that he's having lots of fun at the Detroit Red Wings'
Vokoun continued his suffocating play by stopping 41 shots and
shutting out the Red Wings 3-0 Tuesday night as the Predators
evened their first-round series at 2-2.
and Dan Hamhuis had two assists. The six-year franchise ensured a
return visit to Music City for Game 6 on Saturday against the
10-time Stanley Cup winners.
Game 5 will be in Detroit on Thursday night.
"It's great. I was happy, ... and you want to stay down to
earth," Vokoun said. "It's 2-2, and I wish that was a 40[-save]
shutout in Game 7 and we won and you could enjoy it more. I'm going
to enjoy it. It's great. There's not much better you can do."
Nobody scored more goals in the regular season than the Red
Wings, who won the Presidents' Trophy, but they haven't been able
to crack Vokoun since the series shifted to Nashville.
The 27-year-old goalie also stopped 41 shots in a 3-1 victory Sunday.
Vokoun was better Tuesday night in his 13th career shutout -- even
with the Red Wings outshooting Nashville 41-20.
"I think he's got some kind of Plexiglas behind him no one can
see," Sullivan said.
Vokoun stopped Brett Hull early with a pad save among 16 stops
in the first period. In the final minutes, Detroit turned up the
pressure, but Vokoun answered. His last save came as he gloved a
long shot from the other end of the ice by Mathieu Dandenault in
the final seconds.
The goalie gave credit to his teammates for helping him see the
"We give up a lot of shots, but a lot of shots I'm able to see
and they have got to be doing something right. It's all about that.
If you can see, you can stop it," Vokoun said.
Not even having the man advantage helped the Red Wings. They
went 0-for-5 and now are 1-for-20 in the series, and a team that
has talked about playing with desperation is much closer to that
"I certainly hope so," coach Dave Lewis said.
Detroit forward Darren McCarty said that although the Red Wings might be a
little frustrated, they remain confident in their quest for a
fourth Stanley Cup in eight years.
"We just have to find a way to win a hockey game. The good
thing is we're going back to the Joe for Game 5. We've been here
before. It's not the way we would have wanted it to go, but it's
the way it's gone. We've got a series," McCarty said.
Even when it looked as though Robert Lang had scored for Detroit, at 3:41
of the third period, it was waved off for goaltender interference
on Tomas Holmstrom.
The Predators fed off the energy from their ecstatic fans once
again. Detroit had a few more supporters in the stands this time,
but when they tried to rev up the "Let's go Red Wings" chant,
it was quickly drowned out by "Chelios is a sissy."
Sullivan gave Vokoun all the margin he would need, ending his
own personal playoff drought at 10:44 of the first period.
He missed on a penalty shot in the opening minutes of Game 1 and
had gone nine shots without finding the net in the series. But with
the teams skating four-on-four, Scott Walker fed Sullivan for a
breakaway and Sullivan flipped a backhander high over a sprawling
Orszagh made it 2-0 in the second period when he redirected a
shot from Hamhuis, and the Predators chased Legace after he gave up
a goal off his glove to Johnson at 2:04 of the third period.
Legace had seven saves on 10 shots.
Vokoun's last shutout was against Minnesota on Feb. 26 in
Nashville. ... This was the first game of the series in which
Detroit didn't score in the third period. The Red Wings have scored
five of their six goals in the third period. ... Pavel Datsyuk had
30 goals in the regular season for Detroit, but he has only one
assist in this series. ... Mathieu Schneider, Lang and Holmstrom had at least one point apiece in each of the first two games. They haven't had a single point in the last two games.