So much for the Game 2 being about the officials.
For much of tonight’s contest between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators, it seemed like some controversial calls may loom large. Instead, the Predators outright bombarded the Blackhawks in the third period, ultimately winning 6-2.
Now the story is about Joel Quenneville starting Corey Crawford instead of Scott Darling, even if perhaps the focus should be on Nashville taking it to the established team from Chicago.
Nashville never trailed in Game 2. It seemed like it would be a nail-biter for a while … until that third period. The game went from a thriller to a blowout during an incredible finish by Nashville:
The series is now 1-1 as it shifts back to the United Center in Chicago.
Both teams have questions. Shea Weber left the game with a lower-body injury and did not return. The Blackhawks got blown out of the arena and face a goalie conundrum. They may also mull over some lineup tweaks, including the possible return of trade deadline find Antoine Vermette.
Either way, the Blackhawks and Predators look like they’ll put together the kind of series you’d expect from the excellent Central Division.
The Nashville Predators likely weren’t happy about some calls from their Game 1 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks, but Game 2 might just make head coach Peter Laviolette explode.
Patrick Kane scoring his first goal since breaking his collarbone is a great story … yet it becomes sour when it’s so clear that it (almost certainly?) should have been whistled dead with too many men on the ice:
Want another look at it? Here’s more proof and more Laviolette anger:
Yeah, the Predators probably have a beef:
With Shea Weber out hurt for the rest of this game, the Predators aren’t exactly getting a lot of luck tonight. They do, however, currently hold a 3-2 lead.
Another game, another important Nashville Predator lost to injury.
This time, it’s captain and All Star defenseman Shea Weber, who exited Game 2 versus Chicago midway through the second period and was later ruled out of the contest with a lower-body ailment.
In Wednesday’s Game 1 OT loss, the Preds lost the services of Mike Fisher, who left with a lower-body injury of his own and was held out of tonight’s contest.
It’s unclear how Weber got hurt or the severity of the injury; that said, there’s no denying the impact it’ll have on the Preds. The 29-year-old d-man averaged over 26 minute per night during the regular season and was a workhorse in Game 1, playing 38:13