CHICAGO – Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-2 triple-overtime win over the Nashville Predators in Game 4 of the Western Conference first-round series Wednesday morning at the United Center:
How it happened: Brent Seabrook scored the game-winning goal one minute into the third overtime. The Predators held a 2-1 lead heading into the third period, and the Blackhawks tied the game at 11:03 when Marian Hossa set up Brandon Saad for a shot in the high slot. James Neal put the Predators up 2-1 at 17:02 of the second period. The teams traded goals in the first period. Colin Wilson scored a power-play goal at 11:38 to put the Predators ahead 1-0. Antoine Vermette evened the game at 13:05 of the first period. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 45 saves. Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling had 50 saves.
What it means: The Blackhawks took a 3-1 series advantage and can close the series out in Game 5. The Blackhawks have won both of the overtime games in the series. They won Game 1 in double overtime. The Predators had the Blackhawks where they wanted them; the Predators had a one-goal lead in the third period and had been limiting the Blackhawks’ offensive opportunities. Both goaltenders had some key saves throughout the night. Hossa has been especially effective for the Blackhawks the past two games, and he was key in setting up Saad’s goal. Wilson has a series-high four goals. Vermette’s goal was his first with the Blackhawks since he joined the team at the trade deadline. This marked the longest game in Predators’ franchise history. The Blackhawks’ longest playoff game went 53:50 of overtime in 1931.
Player of the game: Darling was stellar again and held the Predators to just two goals.
Stat of the game: The teams combined for 100 shots.
What’s next: The series returns to Nashville for Game 5 on Thursday. The teams split the first two games in Nashville.