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Nashville Predators 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2 (OT): Late Comeback Leads to 3-0 Series Lead

Kevin Fiala scored the game winner in OT and the Preds have the Hawks on the ropes.

Chicago Blackhawks v Nashville Predators - Game Three Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

With a 2-0 series lead, the Nashville Predators entered Bridgestone Arena Monday night with a chance to put their foot on the throat of the Chicago Blackhawks.

The first period played out much like everyone expected. The Blackhawks came out firing on all cylinders. Nashville matched their intensity stride-for-stride. Plenty of back-and-forth scoring chances but nobody was able to poke a puck through.

The second period began with Nashville becoming its own worst enemy. They take a penalty, put Chicago on the power play and then Chicago scores, courtesy of Dennis Rasmussen. Another power play for the Hawks allows Patrick Kane to jump in on the scoring, putting the Blackhawks up 2-0.

The Preds need some offensive firepower this period. Filip Forsberg delivers, he sneaks one past Corey Crawford and now it’s a game. The Preds pushing the pace and the Blackhawks are fighting back. Filip Forsberg strikes again and he has willed Nashville to a comeback. Regulation isn’t enough so this one goes to overtime.

Kevin Fiala wanted to win, badly. He had two almost-goals on a fatigued Corey Crawford. The third time was the charm for N0. 56, after several crazy close chances, Kevin Fiala finally delivers the win. He took a James Neal pass in the slot, waited out Crawford, and stuffed the puck home.

Random Observations

  • It is LOUD in here
  • The Blackhawks are shooting everything, from everywhere
  • Pekka looks sharp again tonight
  • Holy Pekka Rinne
  • Pucks are flying left and right. This is what playoff hockey is all about
  • Well, it finally happened. The Blackhawks scored a goal
  • The Preds have slipped a little bit here in the second period. They aren’t playing with as much speed or intensity as they were in the first
  • Filip Forsberg is a man on a mission
  • This is a game traditionally the Preds would have lost, not tonight.

OTF’s Super Duper Playoff Stars of the Game

  1. Filip Forsberg - he single handedly brought the Preds back and got them to overtime
  2. Pekka Rinne - he made the mother of all saves in the first period and kept the Preds in it when they went down 2-0. He saved 34 of 36 shots and he is becoming the Blackhawk killer.
  3. Kevin Fiala - what a way to end the game. He gets to be the overtime hero, and he is definitely turning a corner.

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