The Chicago Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators were expected to be a tight playoff series — but instead, they may go to game seven just out of sheer scoring streak trade-offs.
In game one, the Blackhawks went down 3-0 before putting in backup netminder Scott Darling, who went on to record a 42-save shutout en route to Chicago taking a double overtime comeback victory.
Game two, which also saw starter Corey Crawford take control of the net, went a little less in Chicago’s favor — they dropped the second game 6-2, inspiring head coach John Quenneville to put Darling in to start game three.
Now, two periods have found the Blackhawks up 4-2 — and nearly 5-2, if forward Brad Richards had gotten his way.
GIF Richards nearly gave the Hawks a fifth goal pic.twitter.com/UelNIaCZux
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Pekka Rinne was reminding fans why, essentially, he’s still one of the fan favorites for the Vezina Trophy this summer — although he hasn’t done well over the final stretch of the season, the Finnish netminder is still one of the most effective and agile goalies in the NHL. Brad Richards also did a pretty good job of reminding fans why he once earned one of the priciest contract extensions in the NHL.
Since the goal didn’t actually go in, the Predators maintained their two-goal deficit, and the two teams will head into the final frame with Nashville looking to earn back-to-back victories over the hosting club.