Blackhawks-Predators: Chicago Thrills Fans, Devastates Nashville in Huge Win

April 24th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
On Saturday afternoon, 22,144 hockey fans were privileged to witness history.

The Chicago Blackhawks skated fairly well in the first period, despite allowing the first tally of the game. Antti Niemi didn't see a shot from the left circle because of a perfect screen (being watched by Dustin Byfuglien, I might add) and the Hawks trailed 1-0.

However, Andrew Ladd and Niklas Hjalmarsson each tallied goals for Chicago to give the Hawks the lead at the end of the frame. Ladd put back a soft rebound, very uncharacteristic of Pekka Rinne in the series, and Hjalmarsson received an excellent screen from Bryan Bickell and somehow missed everything but the back of the net on a long shot through lots of traffic.

In the second period, the Blackhawks played perhaps their most complete period of the 2010 calendar year. A goal from Tomas Kopecky, who had just left the penalty box, extended the lead to 3-1 and the Hawks appeared to be running away with Game Five.

If not for an awful no-look pass from Patrick Kane, resulting in a short-handed goal for Nashville, the Hawks would have broken the Predators in the second period. But that late shorty for Nas ...

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