Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Preds beat Chicago 3-2, push Hawks to brink of elimination

Preds beat Chicago 3-2, push Hawks to brink of elimination

The Predators put the Chicago Blackhawks on the brink of elimination after taking a 3-0 series lead courtesy of a 3-2 come-from-behind overtime victory Monday. Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) looks on as the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate the game-winning goal during overtime in Game 3 of an NHL Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Toronto on Monday, April 17, 2017.

Crawford has now faced 98 shots through three games in this series, allowing nine goals as the Blackhaws have fallen into an 0-3 hole. With less than four minutes remaining in the first overtime period, Swiss rookie Kevin Fiala scored the game-winning goal. "I think our guys, they don't have a confidence issue when it comes to scoring goals".

The "Church Bells" singer, 34, stepped out onto the ice wearing her husband's No. 12 jersey and with her nails painted in Predators colors - blue and gold.

The Blackhawks just got into a series against the hot goalie.

The Predators transferred that energy into their first-period effort, dominating the shot (18) and shot-attempt (35) counters, but not the scoreboard.

Game 4 is Thursday night in Nashville.

While the game-winner was one of those moments that will be celebrated for the next several days at least (and rightfully so), few will remember that the 5-foot-10, 193-pound left wing also was a factor in the first goal of the night.

'Please rise and welcome seven-time Grammy victor and longtime Nashville Predators fan Carrie Underwood, ' the announcer said inside Bridgestone Arena. Chicago rallied to tie the series 3-3, only to fall in overtime in game 7 in Vancouver.

Asked if this group can bounce back, Quenneville had a short answer: "We're going to have to".

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He doubled the advantage by tapping home the rebound after Luis Suarez's shot was saved, before Inigo Martinez pulled one back. As the hour mark approached, Jose found himself in space on the edge of the penalty area, but could not get his shot away.

"It's not easy", Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews told reporters.

Fiala threw his head back in disbelief, but the third time was his and Nashville's charm. Crawford got a glove on a puck almost midway through the extra period off Fiala's shot from the high slot. Fiala received a flawless pass in the slot from winger James Neal.

Despite outshooting the Blackhawks 27-22 in the first two periods, Corey Crawford held the Predators scoreless till the third.

"I was pretty angry there", he said.

Nashville Predators fans were in for a special treat before their playoff game on Monday: Carrie Underwood! Five catfish also were tossed onto the ice before the puck dropped and combined with a late start for a very loud standing-room only crowd of 17,204.

A more traditional rush from an unconventional pair would finally snap the Blackhawks' postseason scoreless streak in the second period.

The goal was Kane's 50 postseason goal as a member of the Blackhawks, and he is only the fourth player to achieve that milestone. He scored on a wrister hitting the puck in the air past Crawford, who was caught having turned around in the crease, at 4:24. "They box out, let me see the puck", Rinne said in crediting his teammates.

Forsberg then flicked home a wrister from the slot at 14:08, jumping on the carom of Ryan Ellis' point blast. Nashville LW Colin Wilson (lower-body injury) sat out his third straight game. The Predators won 3-2 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. This penalty set up the opportunity for Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks to score the second goal.

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