Chicago Blackhawks Sink Fast In Third Period…. Lose 6-2

By Keith Schultz

The Chicago Blackhawks returned to the scene of the crime from Wednesday night’s big comeback and Scott Darling heroic effort, but tonight was just Game #2 with Corey Crawford back in net and this is how things went down from Bridgestone Arena on Friday Night.


It wasn’t exactly a carbon copy from Game #1, but it had a lot of similarities with the Predators coming out flying and dominating the puck and shots on goal.  An early and questionable Kris Versteeg penalty led to a Colin Wilson powerplay goal when he somehow beat Crawford in tight quarters.  The period shifted past the midway point in the first period towards the Chicago Blackhawks and a real strong shift by Patrick Sharp ended with #10 in front of Pekka Rinne and in the end the game tying goal. The speed of the Predators wingers is giving the veteran Chicago Blackhawks trouble, but it looked like the game was heading into intermission all tied up, until Roman Josi somehow got to the middle of the ice and beat Crawford with 3 seconds left on the clock in the first period.  The Predators lead 16-6 on the shot totals after one period and 2-1 on the scoreboard.


The second period had a whole lot of pace in it which makes probably both teams happy. The Hawks had a 4 minute powerplay after Michal Rozsival was high-sticked yet the Hawks could only manage 1 shot on net during the 4 minute man advantage and the penalty kill seemed to fuel the Predators. The Blackhawks did get the game tied up when Patrick Kane got in all alone and beat Pekka Rinne after a nifty fake dump-in pass from Brent Seabrook. The Predators got the lead back when Niklas Hjalmarsson failed twice to clear the puck and the Predators banged in the loose puck to take a 3-2 lead.  The Predators are beating Crawford routinely high on either side and after two periods it’s a one goal deficit for the Blackhawks.


The Predators scored 3 goals in less than 2 minutes which made this one tough period to watch.  The real question will be Corey Crawford vs Scott Darling for Game #3 at the United Center on Sunday. Crawford has been less than sharp and when you add that with some old defenseman in front of him it is an equation for a loss.

-Game #3 is back at the United Center for Game #3

Apr 17, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg (9) celebrates after a goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the third period in game two of the first round of the the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports