It is a bleary eyed Pred Nation awakening today, bleary eyed but happy as the Nashville Predators spotted the Chicago Blackhawks a couple of goals in last night's game three, before storming back to score three unanswered, including Kevin Fiala's game victor deep in the first overtime to win 3-2 and establish the first 3-0 lead in a Stanley Cup playoff series in franchise history.
Nashville scored before the first TV timeout in both games in Chicago, enabling the Predators to roll four lines and three defense pairings while making the Blackhawks chase the game.
After the anthem, the seven-time Grammy victor took part in another game tradition by twirling the team's towel moments before the Predators faced off against the Chicago Blackhawks. The 26-year-old Swede scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal in only his second Stanley Cup Playoff game. The Capitals blew leads of 2-0 and 3-1 before losing to Toronto.
The Nashville Predators went on to secure their third win in the series Monday night, beating the Blackhawks 3-2.
"That's good for him, a young kid in a big situation like that", Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said of Fiala scoring his second career playoff goal.
"I think we all thought the series would be in a different place right now", Chicago forward Patrick Kane said.
The Predators have never won the first three games of any playoff series, and they got here by outscoring the Western Conference's No. 1 seed 9-2.
They're not supposed to relinquish a two-goal lead in the third period of a pivotal playoff game.
And as a matter of fact, if Edmonton is ultimately outdone by the San Jose Sharks, whose six-goal performance through just two periods of play Tuesday night suggested they have more than a little life, an alternative Pacific Division showdown wouldn't be such a bad thing, either.
A more traditional rush from an unconventional pair would finally snap the Blackhawks' postseason scoreless streak in the second period. You wouldn't have known it by the way they played in the first two games of their series against the Nashville Predators.
The last time the Blackhawks trailed 3-0 in a series was that first-round tilt against Vancouver in 2011.
Asked if this group can bounce back, Quenneville had a short answer: "We're going to have to".
A few feet away from his in the Hawks dressing room, captain Jonathan Toews was answering a question about there being added pressure on himself and other Hawks veterans to come back from this precipice. Crawford got a glove on a puck almost midway through the extra period off Fiala's shot from the high slot.
"That was tough", Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford said. Nashville's Kevin Fiala, on an assist from James Neal, found the back of the net. Just over three minutes later, Fiala had half an open net at which to shoot, but his wrister caromed off Crawford's left skate. "I'm just happy we won".
The "Dirty Laundry" singer also showed her support for the Predators by wearing a personal team jersey with her husband's number 12 on it, and nail polish to match the team's colors.
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