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Rapid Reaction: Predators 6, Blackhawks 2

4/18/2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Here's a quick look at the Nashville Predators' 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Western Conference first-round series at Bridgestone Arena on Friday:

How it happened: The Predators left no doubt about Game 2 by putting the Blackhawks away in the third period. Nashville scored three goals in the third period. The Predators again jumped out to a lead on Chicago as Colin Wilson scored a power-play goal at 2:47 of the first period. Patrick Sharp tied the game at 1-1 with a goal at 16:13 of the first period. Roman Josi put the Predators back ahead by maneuvering around numerous defenders and scoring with 3.6 seconds remaining in the first period. Patrick Kane tied the game at 2-2 at 10:32 of the second period, and Craig Smith put the Predators up 3-2 at 14:54 of the second period. Filip Forsberg, Mike Santorelli and Smith scored in the third period. Predators defenseman Shea Weber left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford had 29 saves. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made 24 saves.

What it means: The Predators tied the series at 1-1. The Predators blew a 3-0 lead in Game 1 and let two leads slip by them in Game 2 before they pulled away for the win. Nashville won the special-teams battle by scoring a power-play goal and denying Chicago on three power plays, which included a four-minute one in the second period. The Predators snapped a seven-game losing streak. For the Blackhawks, Crawford hasn't looked like his usual self the first two games. He allowed three goals on 12 shots before being pulled in the first game and again struggled in Game 2. He didn't give up more than five goals in a game during the regular season, and the nine goals are the most he's allowed in consecutive games in the 2014-15 campaign. Sharp has been on a roll for the Blackhawks. He has scored in the past three games, which is his first three-game goals streak of the season. Kane's return has also been felt, as he has one goal and two assists in the series.

Player of the game: Wilson heated up at the right time. He entered the playoffs having scored one goal since March 1. He has scored three times in the series.

Stat of the game: The Predators had been outscored 12-1 in the second period in the previous seven games. They scored one goal and allowed one goal in the second period on Friday.

What's next: The series moves to Chicago for two games. Game 3 will be on Sunday, and Game 4 will be on Tuesday.