The question was simple: Did you steal the series?

The Predators' Pekka Rinne shrugged in an aw-shucks kind of way.

"I don't know," the goaltender said. "You'll have to ask somebody else."

So we did, and the consensus was yes — to a degree.

"Peks stole us a couple of games," defenseman Ryan Suter said.

Asked whether eliminating the Red Wings in five games shows how good the Predators are, defenseman Shea Weber said: "It says how good our goalie is, because we still haven't played our best."

With a team as talented as the Predators, it's tough to say that Rinne stole the series from a Red Wings team that was slightly outmatched up front and on defense.

But it's also tough to argue with the numbers. Rinne stopped 102 of Detroit's final 106 shots in helping the Predators prevail. He was a difference again Friday in Game 5, stopping 21 of 22 shots.