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Predators 3, Red Wings 1

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DETROIT -- The Nashville Predators are one game away from eliminating the Detroit Red Wings.

Kevin Klein's goal early in the third period broke a tie and Nashville went on to beat Detroit 3-1 on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena to take a three games to one lead in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Pekka Rinne made 39 saves and Gabriel Bourque and David Legwand also scored for Nashville.

Rinne has made a combined 80 saves in the last two games.

Jiri Hudler scored Detroit's only goal.

Klein broke a 1-1 tie 6:25 into the third period. The defenseman's second goal in two games came when he was alone in the slot and fired the puck into an empty net after three Red Wings followed the play into the corner and Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard moved that way. The puck then popped out to the slot, where Klein was waiting.

Legwand added a power-play goal in the final minute.

Bourque got the game's first goal 1:55 into the third period with a one-time shot from the inside edge of the right circle for his third goal of the series. The puck deflected to Bourque off the skate of the Red Wings' Todd Bertuzzi.

But the lead didn't even last 80 seconds. Hudler's power-play goal tied it at 1, 3:14 into the third.

Despite the scoreless tie after two periods, Detroit carried over its territorial and shots-on-goal dominance from the third period of its 3-2 loss in Game 2 on Sunday.

After outshooting the Predators 19-4 in the third period Sunday, the Red Wings had a 28-10 shots advantage in the first two periods Tuesday. Detroit outshot Nashville by a 17-3 margin in the second period.

But Rinne, who made 41 saves on Sunday, kept the game scoreless, including a toe save on Nicklas Lidstrom's shot from the point that was headed just inside the goalpost, a few seconds before the end of the second period.

NOTES: Nashville defenseman Hal Gill continues to sit out with a foot/ankle injury. He has yet to play in the series. ... The Predators inserted right wing Matt Halischuk into the lineup in place of right wing Jordin Tootoo from Sunday's Game 3 lineup. ... Lidstrom, Detroit's captain, played his 262nd career playoff game, second only in NHL history to his former Red Wings teammate Chris Chelios, who played in 266 playoff games.

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