The Chicago Blackhawks had a chance on Tuesday night to put a strangle hold on the opening round series versus the Nashville Predators. The fun and festivities took place at the United Center and this is how things went down Tuesday.
FIRST PERIOD The Chicago Blackhawks were playing hard early on, but neither team really had very many good chances early on in the first period. The Nashville Predators got the first powerplay of the game on a pretty iffy call, but they were able to cash in after Brent Seabrook failed to get the puck out on a real good keep by Seth Jones. The shot from the point would be deflected in by Colin Wilson for his third goal of the series. It didn’t take very long for the Chicago Blackhawks to answer the Predators goal, Less that 2 minutes later Michal Rozisval threw one on net and Antoine Vermette knocked in the rebound for his first ever Chicago Blackhawks playoff goal. Vermette finally got a goal, and Darling came back after the first goal allowed and after one period the game is tied 1-1 with the Predators leading the shot total 13-11.
SECOND PERIOD The story of the second period was the Chicago Blackhawks and their defense failing to clear the puck. They failed miserably many times to clear the zone and finally one of those chances made it behind Scott Darling. The Predators kept the puck in the zone and a pretty lazy play by Duncan Keith ended up being a James Neal goal. The Predators finished the period with 9 out 10 shots and won the shot total in the second period 14-7 and for the game lead the Hawks 27-18. The Hawks will need to apply the pressure in the third period to keep their series lead.
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THIRD PERIOD After fighting the puck most of the game Pekka Rinne seemed to settle in during the third period and even though the Chicago Blackhawks were buzzing they weren’t getting many quality chances. They did finally get to break through and tie the game when Mariana Hossa found a wide open Saad who didn’t miss to tie the game. From tying goal to the end of regulation, it was all Blackhwks but even though they had the best shots Pekka Rinne was up to the task and the game headed to overtime.
OVERTIME The first 5 minutes of overtime was fantastic, lots of end to end action but neither team could get one past the other goalie. Rinne made the best stop of the period when he stoned Andrew Desjardins up and in close. The back 6 or 7 minutes the pace slowed some, and in the end it was just time for the 2nd overtime with no goals scored to decide the contest in the first overtime. -Next Game is Thursday Night from Bridgestone Arena.
The Double overtime was all about slowing the game done well the players slowing down. Duncan Keith has played over 42 minutes through 2 overtimes, and you did see more Kimmo Timonen in the 2nd overtime. There weren’t a lot of chances but legs and minds were getting tired because penalties were getting called which is rare in overtime playoff hockey. 40 minutes of overtime wasn’t enough to settle the game so we head to Triple Overtime!
It only took one minute in overtime!! Brent Seabrook got all of a slap shot from a Patrick Kane pass and Bryan Bickell was right were he was supposed to be and the puck beat Rinne and the Hawks win 3-2 in Triple Overtime!!