When the Chicago Blackhawks lost last night in Nashville and failed to clinch the series, fans might have thought they were experiencing Game 2 deja vu all over again. Going into the third period with a 1-1 tie, the Preds scored three quick goals early in the period thanks to defensive breakdowns and perhaps a little fatigue on the part of our standout rookie goalie, Scott Darling. Meanwhile they kept our offense from scoring for the most part, save for Patrick Kane’s absolutely filthy pass (does he have any other kind?) to Kris Versteeg for a rather nifty goal. If you were distracted by other sporting events going on (like that crazy double OT Bulls win) and missed it, we have you covered with this great recap.
There were also some other upsides in spite of last night’s loss. It was done in regulation, so Hawks fans were actually able to get to bed before midnight. And the Hawks still lead the series 3-2, with Game 6 coming back to Chicago. The Hawks won both games played at home this round, both in regulation and then in that infamous triple OT. That’s a good sign that fans at the Madhouse will be able to give our boys that lift that will once and for all bounce the Preds out of the playoffs and on to an earlier tee time.
Probably the biggest question is not whether the Chicago Blackhawks will win; it’s whether Corey Crawford will return to the crease, or if Scott Darling will continue to get the nod. The decision likely will be announced sometime later today.
Let’s see that Kane spin-o-rama assist again. Absolutely maddening. (SB Nation)
Blackhawks remain upbeat after missing their first chance to close out the series (Chicago Tribune)
Other teams don’t just want to beat us, they want to BE us (Chicago Sun-Times)
Scott Darling: The “Marco Polo” of goalies (Chicago Blackhawks)
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Elsewhere in the league… (a/k/a while we wait for Saturday and Game 6 to get here)
Tampa Bay Lightning rally and win in OT to tie series against the Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Washington Capitals dominate the New York Islanders to take the 3-2 series lead (NHL)
Vancouver Canucks beat the Calgary Flames to avoid elimination (NHL)
Last but not least, an important game preview involving our prospective Round 2 opponent (Fox Sports)
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