Given a third chance, Fiala made it count, sending Bridgestone Arena into a delirious celebration as the Preds grabbed their first ever 3-oh series lead. I mean very little. The playoff stage has not looked too big for him. Fiala almost won the game twice earlier in the extra session before he took a pass from James Neal and wheeled around Crawford for the goal.
A more traditional rush from an unconventional pair would finally snap the Blackhawks' postseason scoreless streak in the second period.
Even the most gold-tinted glasses Pred fan couldn't imagine what was to come. And he is playing with the confidence and swagger that is needed to make a deep playoff run. "We've got to try and shut it down". Jonathan Toews still hasn't scored in a playoff game since the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals - 12 games and counting.
That is exactly what Nashville did. Pekka Rinne made 34 saves for Nashville. Only a weird bounce allowed Nashville to beat him as a shot bounced off the glass to the front of the net and on the stick of Filip Forsberg who scored to make it 2-1.
"That was tough", Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford said. In the first three games they've played one really good period, and that was the second on Monday night. Take a look for yourself. "You need your best players this time of year to step up and be your best players", Kane said. Smashville insanity level up to 9.
Let's go to the GBU... If somebody who makes a living singing before 20,000 screaming fans every night is impressed with how loud your fans are, you know you're doing something right. We've been a good road team all year, so hopefully that comes into play here.
Time for a new mantra for Pred Nation... He'll be on the call for Fox Sports Tennessee Thursday night as the Predators host the Chicago Blackhawks looking to complete the four-game sweep.
"I think it's the type of penalty - that stuff was kind of let go all game", said Bruins left wing Brad Marchand.
The Chicago Blackhawks own a championship pedigree in recent years that is unrivaled in the National Hockey League, but they will need more than a storied history to climb back into their Western Conference first-round series.
As Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said of the Leafs following a 4-3 overtime loss on Monday, "It's not David and Goliath".
Nashville has never held a 3-0 lead in a playoff series. "We'd rather be up 3-0 than 2-1, but we still have a long way to go".
The Blackhawks built a 2-0 lead in Monday night's game, only to succumb to a huge Predators rally. 9pm - EDM @ SJS (NBCSN). They have played their best hockey of the season.
SlapShot Radio has been delivering great hockey talk to the most energetic and engaged fans in radio and advertising with us drives results. It can be as hard to watch as it is to understand about a team that won 50 games in the regular season.