Nashville Predators Open 2-0 Series Lead Over Chicago Blackhawks

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Not only did they go into the United Center and take both games, they did it without allowing a goal and on Saturday absolutely routing the home team with a 5-0 win.

But before we get to game three, check out the awesome photos from the Predators' big win on Saturday night.

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock smiles from the bench during the first overtime period against the Washington Capitals in Game 2 of an NHL Stanley Cup first round playoff series in Washington, Saturday, April 15, 2017. To. Out of all the major sports the National Hockey League playoffs are the hardest to predict.

Dennis Rasmussen will be playing his second playoff game Monday night in Nashville.

"We've had some amusing games this year", Quenneville said. "That's how desperate we've got to be". Blackhawks C John Hayden and RW Jordin Tootoo were healthy scratches.

"We knew it was going to be a long series", Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Needless to say, head coach Joel Quenneville isn't thrilled. "That wasn't fun to watch". I dont think we need to lose confidence or swagger or anything like that. "Not too many positives come out of tonight's game".

Chicago also lost game 1, 1 to 0 against the St. Louis Blue last season and Chicago eventually lost the series.

Even with only one win in five attempts during the regular season, the Predators controlled the majority of possession in every game.

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"Maybe try a little deception or try to change the lane a little bit", defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk. We have to play our way, the way we've played all season.

James Neal had a whopping seven of those while Austin Watson, who has had one heck of a season for Nashville, lead all forwards with eight hits.

Gallant helped revive the Florida Panthers, leading them to a first-place finish in the Atlantic Division last season and becoming a coach of the year finalist, but he was sacked last November after the team stumbled to a slow start. The 34 year old has looked like vintage Rinne while helping Nashville take the first two games of the series on the road.

Harry Zolnierczyk? He gets behind the defense after taking a 90-foot pass from Mattias Ekholm and roofs one, again, past Crawford's high-glove side. Give them credit (for winning Game 1).

Goaltender Corey Crawford will remain in net for the Blackhawks after turning aside 19 shots in Game 1.

The Blackhawks basically annexed the Predators' defensive zone through most of the last two periods. Six days and three straight losses later that same bunch faced elimination. "We'll look to improve there", Jonathan Toews. Sissons then knocked in his own rebound with 7 minutes left. The game time has not been set yet, but the Preds will host a party on the plaza before the game.

Boosted by a raucous, red-clad crowd of 22,075, the Blackhawks got off to a fast start. We've got a good start, but we haven't done anything yet. The Predators dominated Game 2 at the United Center with a 5-0 win, and if the next one looks anything like that, it'll be hard to envision how the Blackhawks could possibly win four straight.

Kapanen also scored in regulation for Toronto along with James van Riemsdyk and Morgan Rielly.

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