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Nashville Predators 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3 (OT): Forsberg Scores in OT, Preds Win Third Straight

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Filip Forsberg scored twice and the Preds win their third straight contest.

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If you tuned into the game a little late, you didn’t miss much. Pekka Rinne was a monster in net when it mattered most. Colton Sissons opened the scoring for the Predators at 6:49 of the first. Sissons was able to pick up a puck right in front of Chicago netminder Collin Delia and ripped it over Delia’s shoulder. Kevin Fiala and Mattias Ekholm assisted on the goal.

Dan Hamhuis took Nashville’s first trip to the penalty box with a little less than 3 minutes remaining in the first period. Alex DeBrincat found the tying goal for Chicago off a crisp pass from Patrick Kane.

Viktor Arvidsson, however, didn’t like Chicago tying the game. On an incredible individual effort, Arvidsson notched Nashville’s second goal 8 seconds after the Hawks tied the game. Hamhuis himself drew a penalty on a high stick from Brendan Perlini and Nashville was awarded a 4-minute power play.

The Preds began the second period still on the power play, but they were unable to find a goal. Each team traded some chances in the second, but neither was able to find the back of the net. With 5:28 remaining in the second, Nashville returned to the power play. As the power play was just about to expire, Filip Forsberg flipped a wrist shot on net and beat Delia for Nashville’s third goal.

The Predators went on the power play once more before the end of the second period. However, with 20 seconds remaining in the period, Marcus Krüger and Jonathan Toews combined for a shorthanded goal to pull the Blackhawks within one. The Predators would begin the third period with some power play time remaining.

Unable to find another power play goal, the Preds weathered an onslaught of chances by the Blackhawks in the third period. The Blackhawks had another chance on the power play with 13 minutes remaining in regulation. The Nashville penalty kill stood tall.

The Predators attempted to remain tight defensively, but the Blackhawks were able to capitalize on a broken play in the Nashville zone to tie the game with less than three minutes left in the game. Patrick Kane dished yet another sweet feed to Artem Anisimov for Chicago’s third goal.

Filip Forsberg redeemed himself and scored the game-winning goal with a little less than a minute gone in 3-on-3 overtime.

Random Observations

  • I’m incredibly surprised that Doc Emrick and Eddie Olczyk are singing the praises of the Predators before the game.
  • Holy Pekka!
  • Apparently Eddie and Doc have no idea how to pronounce “Delia” and neither do I.
  • That’s Ekholm’s 150th career point. BANG!
  • Kevin Fiala’s freaking pass was just so pretty!!! (be right back, fainting)
  • P.K. Subban to Viktor Arvidsson..just....wow.
  • Why hasn’t Arvidsson put his front teeth back in?
  • This second period is very meh.
  • Filip Forsberg! The Prince Who Lived! The Prince Who Scored!!!!
  • The Preds give up a shorty to Jonathan Toews. Ok then.
  • The power play is underwhelming. Still.
  • Eddie and Doc and Pierre are talking about stick blade thickness and I just don’t understand why this is a topic of conversation. In a game.
  • Arvi hit the post!!!!!!!!! Ahhh!
  • More Arvi chances that raise our collective heart rates.
  • Boo.
  • Bonus hockey!
  • Jonathan Toews whacked Forsberg about 72 times as he drove to the net.
  • Filip, the Prince Who Redeemed Himself.

Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. Viktor Arvidsson: He quickly answered for the Predators after the Blackhawks tallied a tying goal in the first period. Arvidsson had what seemed like 38 chances against Delia in the third period, too.
  2. Filip Forsberg: The Prince was able to score his 15th of the season on the lackluster Preds power play.
  3. Colton Sissons: Scoring from depth players like Sissons is key for a team like Nashville. You can’t lean on your stars every single night.

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