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Blackhawks oust Preds from Quarterfinals

By Colleen Boyle

Monday night in Nashville, the Chicago Blackhawks manage a 5-3 win against the Predators—advancing Chicago to face the Vancouver Canucks in a rematch of last year’s playoff semi-finals.

Seven of the eight goals on Monday night were scored in the first twenty minutes of the game. While both teams showed tremendous passion and dedication through a lot of shorthanded shifts, Antti Niemi came out the winning goaltender.

The Blackhawks spent ten minutes on the penalty kill—of which Nashville could only score on one power play. Likewise, the Blackhawks were only able to score one power play goal during nearly 12 minutes of having a man advantage—10 minutes in the second period alone.

Niemi made 19 saves in the second and third periods to sustain a one goal lead up until John Madden scored an empty net goal with eight seconds remaining.

Duncan Keith was the first to score a goal on Nashville—his first of the postseason and also had an assist. Patrick Kane tallied one goal; Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists; Captain Jonathan Toews scored a power play goal and recorded an assist; Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook received two assists each.

Nashville Predators have never won a post season playoff series and have never advanced past quarterfinals.

Blackhawks will move on to face the Vancouver Canucks in the semi-finals, and the regular season series against the Canucks is tied with two wins for each team.

In the 2009 postseason against the Canucks, Chicago won in a six game series. The final game in that series was a disappointing performance for Olympic goaltender Roberto Luongo who allowed a total of seven goals from Kane (3), Toews (2), Kris Versteeg, and Adam Burish.

So far this post season, the Vancouver Canucks have faced the Los Angeles Kings in the quarterfinals—winning the series 4-2. In the regular season, Vancouver outscored Chicago 11-10 in four games.

While Chicago has recently had some defensive setbacks, the series will depend greatly on how well top defenseman like Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Brian Campbell can shut down the Sedin brothers. Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel has had a large impact in the postseason with shot blocks and penalty kills.

The series is rumored to begin as soon as this Friday and the rivalry will not take long to overcome both sides. Playoff hockey in Chicago is about to get more intense.

UPDATE: Round 2 schedule has been released and is as follows:

Game 1: Saturday May 1st at 7pm
Game 2: Monday May 3rd at 8pm
Game 3: Wednesday May 5th at 8:30pm
Game 4: Friday May 7th at 8:30pm
Game 5 (if necessary): Sunday May 9th at 7pm
Game 6 (if necessary): Tuesday May 11th at 8:30pm
Game 7 (if necessary): Thursday May 13th at 7pm


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