Predators beat Blackhawks 4-1 to complete sweep

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Since Sissons was the last Predator to touch the puck, he was awarded his second goal of the playoffs.

PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby and Scott Wilson scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, helping the Penguins eliminate the Blue Jackets in Game 5 of their first-round series.

William Karlsson and Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets, but Sergei Bobrovsky stopped just 27 of 32 shots to finish a forgettable series.

The Predators were relentless, all the way to the very end. We beat a top team and a great team. "They've been such a great organization the past couple years and a great team". We went into the series and knowing we were playing a real good team, we said all along that we really respect our opponent.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, gloves a Chicago Blackhawks shot during the third period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

The Predators next face the victor of the St. Louis Blues-Minnesota Wild quarterfinal, a series St. Louis leads 3-1.

The Blackhawks were up 2-0 after the second period in Game 3.

The Blackhawks finished with their second-highest point total in franchise history this season with 109 points in a 50-23-9 campaign, yet they were bounced in the first round of the postseason for a second straight year. "I thought they executed really well". The most delightful part of this story is that this was the 1-8 matchup and the Blackhawks became the first 1-seed in any major sport to get swept by an 8-seed. The Blackhawks had the best record in the Campbell Conference and were the Norris Division's No. 1 seed in 1993 when they got swept by St. Louis in the opening round.

David Desharnais set up Oscar Klefbom's game-tying goal late in the third period, then scored the victor at 18:15 of overtime as Edmonton beat the San Jose in Game 5 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

His team didn't have the speed to handle the Predators' best, and now it'll have a long summer to think about a short series.

This was supposed to be another possible Stanley Cup year for the Blackhawks, not an embarrassing flameout that included just three goals in almost 257 minutes of hockey. The Blackhawks also had gone 4-1 against the Predators during the regular season. "If we can keep this up, I feel really confident facing anybody". "Now we've had a chance to redeem ourselves, a little payback". They knew about the pace Nashville would try to play at in the playoffs - that's not what surprised them.

They struggled through the postseaon, though.

Now they are living up to their preseason billing - and have a veteran goaltender in peak form.

Crawford finished with 22 saves.

In an attempt to create a spark, the Blackhawks altered their lines, and star forward Patrick Kane played nearly 24 minutes.

NOTES: Chicago opted to go with seven defensemen Thursday night, utilizing Michal Kempny for the first time in the series. Artemi Panarin had one on Toews' goal after it was 3-0 in Game 4. Arvidsson tacked on an empty-netter at 18:12, his second of the series, as the fans chanted "Sweep". "We did it in four, so we couldn't be happier". If Chicago has any hope of extending their season they need all four players to set up and find a way to score on Rinne. The neutral zone trap took away the Blackhawks' transition game, and a suffocating defense aggressively tried to get forward and counterattack off that. "But I moved to Nashville to follow my dreams and singing the national anthem on that stage doesn't get any bigger", Bryan tells People of the honor. John Hiatt performed on a stage behind one of the nets between the second and third periods. The sellout crowd of 17,326 included Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Jon Robinson.

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