The Blackhawks looked like an entirely different hockey team Saturday night from the one we witnessed Friday night in Washington D.C. The Hawks were skating and dominating the puck in the first period and Ben Smith opened the scoring on a nice shot after a great feed from Brandon Saad. The second goal was simply amazing as Marian Hossa picked the pocket of a Nashville Predator skated through the neutral zone put a move on the defender and banked a shot off Pekka Rinne for the goal. The Hawks did let the Preds score one off a face off but that was it for the scoring in the first period. The crowd was all Chicago with the Hawks fans reportedly buying 12,000 tickets so basically it’s RIP Keep the Red Out!
The second period had the ice slant towards the Predators with them picking up a tying goal midway through. A pretty cool thing happened after the Preds tied the game when Matt Carey found the puck on his stick and then it was behind Pekka Rinne for his first NHL goal of his career. Carey sprinted to the Hawks bench after the goal for the high fives and the only thing missing from the goal was Chelsea Dagger even though the crowd was all Chicago. The period ended on a Nashville powerplay that included 5 shots on goal but Raanta was up to the challenge and the period ended with the Hawks leading 3-2.
The third period was what one would call a wild one, with both teams combining for 7 goals! This game meant nothing for the Hawks but they tied the game at 4 after the Predators took the lead 4-3 with a Jeremy Morin goal, and at 5 when Andrew Shaw scored his 20th of the season. The Predators scored twice one of them being an empty net goal in the final minute for the Final of the game 7-5.
-Marian Hossa was pulled by Quenneville after picking up his 30th goal of the year in the first period.
-Hawks end the season 46-21-15 107 points
-Hawks for only the second time this season lost in regulation when scoring first and end the season with a 34-2-7 record when scoring first
-The Hawks end the season with a 33-3-3 record when leading at the end of 2 periods
-The Hawks won’t know their playoff opponent until tomorrow.
-All That Matter is picking up 16 more wins starting Thursday night.
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