Chicago Blackhawks: Ranking The Past 6 First-Round Series

By Skylar Peters
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#2- 2010: Blackhawks vs. Predators

Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

After a solid run to the Western Conference Final the year before, the Blackhawks were looking for more in the 2010 playoffs. It turned out that the Nashville Predators would give them far more than they bargained for, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

The Blackhawks took to the ice at home in Game One, looking to make a statement. With Patrick Kane opening the scoring, it seemed that all was right in the United Center. However, the Predators rallied with four unanswered goals in the third period, including two from J-P Dumont, to stun the Blackhawks and their fans, taking the 1-0 series lead.

In Game Two, the Blackhawks weren’t about to let more of the same happen. Dave Bolland‘s power-play goal in the second period gave them the lead they never rescinded, while Antti Niemi was perfect at the other end in a 2-0 Blackhawks victory, with 23 saves.

The series shifted to the Music city tied at one, but the Predators did not disappoint their home crowd in Game Three. Joel Ward‘s early goal set the tone for the rest of the game, and though the ‘Hawks tied it soon after off the stick of Tomas Kopecky, the Predators remained in control all game. It was another 4-1 win for Nashville, who took a huge 2-1 series lead.

The Blackhawks finally played the hockey everyone expected of them in Game Four, blanking the Predators for the second time in four games in dominating fashion. Patrick Sharp’s goals book-ended a Jonathan Toews marker to give the ‘Hawks a 3-goal lead, and Niemi did the rest, stopping all 33 shots the Predators threw at him.

With the series tied, and the United Center the venue for Game Five, the Blackhawks looked to get a leg up on the 7th-seed Predators, and they did just that, though this time, it wasn’t as clear-cut as the two wins previous. The Blackhawks gained a 3-1 lead, then proceeded to blow it, allowing the Predators to take a 4-3 lead,that lasted 14 seconds too few.

With Marian Hossa in the box, Patrick Kane sent the United Center into hysteria with a short-handed goal at 19:46.

And when Hossa got out, already well to overtime, he made up for his mistake with the over-time winner that gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 series lead.

With the wind out of the Predators’ sails, the Blackhawks took Game Six in Nashville, and advanced to the second round, after what would live as one of the greatest comebacks of Blackhawks’ playoff history.