UA-59049186-1 Western Conference Round 1, Game 1 - Predators 1, Blackhawks 0 - Good if it Goes

Western Conference Round 1, Game 1 – Predators 1, Blackhawks 0

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Box score (Yahoo)

The Blackhawks turned in a mediocre 1st period and found themselves down 1-0 as a result. They would dominate the next 40 minutes, but were unable to find the net due to a combination of stifling defense from Nashville and superb goaltending from Pekka Rinne. No, it is not time to worry.

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A few things

  • Get people to the front of the net. The only guy going to the front of the net consistently was Artem Anisimov. Nashville was able to keep the Hawks from getting good looks and Pekka Rinne didn’t have much trouble seeing most of the shots they got.
  • Seriously, stop worrying. I will tell you if it’s time to worry. The Hawks owned both the second and third periods. Keep playing like that and the goals will come. Also, this was the first postseason game for a few guys. I will be very surprised if another game in the series goes like this one.

My picks for 3 stars

★★★ Corey Crawford, G, CHI (19 SV, 1 GA)

★★ Viktor Arvidsson, LW, NSH (1 G (GWG))

★ Pekka Rinne, G, NSH (29 SV, SO)

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