Game 2: Final – Chicago Blackhawks 2, Nashville Predators 0
This time, the shotty ice in Chicago wouldn’t betray
In game one, after two solid periods, Niemi allowed a
bouncing backhand to beat him glove side, a goal that tied the game and
took the air out of the Chicago offense. Sunday night, it was nearly
the same game; the Blackhawks had grossly outshot the Predators 26-12
through 40 minutes, and the Predators started to put the pressure on
once more in the third period. This time, Niemi was up to the challenge
and turned away all 11 shots in the final frame.
So, perhaps we
can set aside the goaltender controversy for now. NIemi was far from bad
in the first game, and now he has the first shutout for the Blackhawks
in the playoffs since 1996.