Pekka Rinne had the goaltending edge in Game 1. But Jimmy Howard was the better of the two goalies in Game 2, a big reason the Wings won 3-2 and evened the series.

Howard made 24 saves, 19 in the final two periods as the Wings withstood a Predators charge to head home with home-ice advantage.

"We got into some penalty problems early but Howie came up big," defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom said. "He made some big saves."

The Wings killed all six Nashville power plays, all 12 in the series, with Howard a central figure in the domination.

Howard, though, credits his teammates up front.

"We're doing a great job of blocking shots, and those aren't muffins coming in from the top, either," Howard said. "Guys are standing in there and taking them. I have to tip my hat off to those guys."

But Howard is doing his share, too, with key saves at crucial moments, including quite a few Friday.