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Blinded by Red: Chicago Squeaks Past Nashville 5-4 in Regulation


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The Nashville Predators hosted the Chicago Blackhawks in the final meeting of the season tonight, and although the Hawks would come out the victor in front of yet another sold-out crowd at Bridgestone Arena, the effort from the Predators to battle back from a 4 goal deficit to tie the game was a remarkable thing to witness.

Chicago got the ball rolling with four unanswered goals that made the overwhelmingly present Blackhawk fans very happy they plunked their money down to fly into Nashville for the series wrap-up.

Chicago has not been known to have a lethal PP this season, but it was two PP markers that started the scoring off for the Hawks. Patrick Sharp, who has been all over the Predators since he suited up for the Hawks scored 3:25 in the first to make it 1-0.

The second period would continue this trend with 3 goals in the first ten minutes from the Hawks. Bolland would net another power play marker, Kane would break free and overpower Francis Bouillon for a breakaway goal five hole, and we are still not sure how Viktor Stalberg’s blind squirrel found it’s nut from an impossible backhand from the corner.

And just when you think it’s all over, said and done…the Predators fired back.

Martin Erat buries a PP goal at 9:29 and Weber would tally his 18th of the year with a snap shot less than a minute later. The second period would end with the score 4-2, but Nashville having built a little momentum.

After a carry over of a power play the Predators would not get a goal but very soon afterwards Radulov would muscle his way through Seabrook and O’Donnell for a semi-breakaway backhand to pull the Predators to within one. Nashville draws a penalty to go on the PP at 6:05 in the third and Shea Weber would pot his second goal of the night to tie the game at four a piece.

The heart-breaker and eventual game winner for Chicago came just over a minute later with a beautiful feed from Shaw out of the corner to a streaking Brent Seabrook to make it 5-4 and a regulation win for the Blackhawks after they clamped down the rest of the period on defense.

Special Teams:

Powerplay – 2 for 4, 50%
Penalty Kill – 4 for 6, 67%

My Three Stars:

#1: Brent Seabrook  – 1 goal, 1 assist, +1. Scored the game winner and was very aggressive on the defensive side of the puck. Getting Keith back after Sunday will only improve an already formidable game from Seabrook.
#2: Shea Weber – 2 goals, +1, 2nd in TOI. The Captain took the Predators on his back and almost willed them to a win. His timely goals were impressive and the goaltender is still looking for that last bomb.
#3: Patrick Kane – 1 goal, 1 assist. His speed and tenacity are what makes Kane a special player to have at the Hawks disposal. Kane’s breakaway was the reward of tireless effort and great puck-handling. Kane is really stepping up in the absence of the Hawks Captain, Jonathan Toews.


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