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Nashville Predators 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1: Preds Earn First Sweep in Franchise History

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Preds dominate the series, send the Blackhawks back to Chicag0-4

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

For the Chicago Blackhawks its simple: win or go home. For Nashville it was even more simple: keep doing what you’ve been doing. It was no secret this game would be played with more speed, intensity and desperation than any game this season.

Nashville came out as the more aggressive team. Both teams using a combination of speed and puck moving to try and get on the board first. Nashville was 0-for-2 on the power play, but their second attempt they did everything but score. Corey Crawford came to play. He is the reason it was 0-0 at the first intermission and not 3-0 Nashville.

This game has instant classic written all over it. Both teams are not going to go quietly. Nashville breaks through first on a beauty from Roman Josi. Ryan Johansen gets credit with the assist, and man has he been a playoff beast. The speed has not died down. Both teams chasing the puck furiously, and this one has been a lot of fun to watch.

The third period belonged to Nashville. They would not be denied tonight. Colton Sissons, Roman Josi and Viktor Arvidsson all drove the nail in the Chicago coffin. For the first time in franchise history, the Predators have a playoff sweep. The icing on the cake being it was against that team from Chicago.

Random Observations

  • Talk about fast and furious. The Preds started like they were the ones down 3-0
  • Jonathan Toews continues to get harassed. P.K. Subban hammers him every time he comes near him
  • Chicago rolling out Panarin-Toews-Kane together. They are desperate for some goals
  • Preds with a lot of good chances on that power play but they could not convert. Crawford is playing spectacularly right now.
  • This game is getting chippy, just the way we like it
  • Roman Josi just did a thing. Preds score first for the third time in four games.
  • Duncan Keith just leveled Arvidsson with a huge hit. He gets up and laughs it off. Typical Arvi
  • Sissons can score, ya’ll
  • Josi with goal number two! Fans are chanting sweep and I’m officially deaf
  • Boo, Toews gets one in. No third shutout for Pekka.
  • Bridgestone Arena is ROCKING. This place might just break.
  • The Blackhawks just got swept.

OTF’s Super Duper Playoff Stars of the Night

  1. Pekka Rinne - He was unquestionably the MVP of this series. He stopped 123 of 126 shots he faced. For those scoring at home, thats a .976 save percent.
  2. Roman Josi - Two big goals. What else can you say? He shut down Toews, Kane and Panarin. He lit up the scoreboard. Josi eased the burden on Pekka’s shoulders tonight.
  3. Colton Sissons - Sissons can score. Once he starts putting pucks in net, he may be hard to stop. He was a 20-goal scorer in Milwaukee in back-to-back seasons.

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