Blackhawks Game 3 Notes For Monday @ Nashville

Pekka Rinne made 29 saves, Viktor Arvidsson scored in the first period and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 on Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. If you don't have you're analytics decoder ring, that means the team and some of it's most key components shine in areas that are most important during the playoffs.

Despite all of the frustration surrounding the Blackhawks locker room, a win on Monday night will silence all of the criticism that has plagued them during the first two games of the series.

"I think we're a better hockey team that what we showed tonight", he said.

The Blackhawks are 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 9-3 in their last 12 vs. Ryan Johansen had a big night, and Nashville got a lift from a couple of unlikely scorers. "That's how desperate we've got to be". Peks was phenomenal for us. Now one thing I'm def. not going to do is panic.

"Our fans are just unbelievable", Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said.

The Chicago Blackhawks have been a Stanley Cup favorite for as long as anyone could remember, especially as the season came to a close. Credit them as much as anything for the team's struggles.

Through the first two games of the series, the Predators did an effective job of blocking or disrupting the Blackhawks' shot attempts. Peka Rinne recorded his second shutout of the series, making 30 saves.

"Well, of course, we want to play ahead, we want to start with a lead". "We're getting a lot of shots from the outside, but it doesn't seem like there's enough traffic or second efforts".

The Blackhawks have the skill to break through that attack at some point, but the question is whether or not they can find the right combination of players necessary to do that.

Quenneville shook up his lines and pairings to give them some life in the third, but it was far too little, far too late, as Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala tacked on goals to put it away. We have to have more desperation around the net and that willingness to get through and fight through it and pay the price (with) whatever's there.

"We've got a good start, but we've done nothing yet", Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm said. Forsberg then threw it toward the net and Arvidsson tipped it by Crawford at 7:52.

The Blackhawks are set to take on the Predators in game one of the playoffs at the United Center.

Chicago's first challenge in Game 3 on Monday night will be finding a way to light the lamp for the first time in the series, something the team did 10 times in winning two of three regular-season meetings there. Some may have given the pre-series edge in goal to the Blackhawks. My opinion is coach Q must bench goaltender Corey Crawford. Toronto counterpart Frederik Andersen was arguably the best player on the ice with 41 saves before being beaten by Wilson with an absurd shot on the victor.

The Blues, meanwhile, are on the most impressive run in the league right now, having gone 18-2-2 over their previous 22 games (including playoffs).

The Senators rallied from a 3-1 deficit, scoring two goals in a span of 2:20 in the third period to force overtime.

Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett scored and Brian Elliott stopped 38 shots for the wild-card Flames.

When asked about his approach for Game 3, Quenneville was blunt.

  • Julie Sanders