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Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games

20 April 2017, 06:08 | Charlene Valdez

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Viktor Arvidsson scored the lone goal at the 7 minute, 52 second mark of the first period, while Pekka Rinne had 29 saves for the game. "We box out, so they let me see the puck". These were impostors on ice, strangers on skates purported to be the favorites in this playoff series but reduced to hockey rubble by a more prepared, efficient pack of Predators.

"We're going to get better and better in the series obviously as our confidence grows and we get used to it", Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "When a goalie's feeling it, it's not the hardest save for a goalie".

"Michael was great for us", Laviolette said. "We've got to roll". He hasn't been great so far, but it's no surprise as he's far from the biggest culprit in the team's struggles. Yet the lanes in front of Rinne often still looked open enough to use an I-Pass. "Just worry about that first shift and go from there".

Any team can go back-to-back games without scoring a goal, but the timing of this scoring drought for the Blackhawks could obviously not be worse.

The argument can be made that this year's bunch has been no different, that it had nothing to lose in the first two games of the current series. It's a lot to ask for, but when the system works and the puck bounces the right way it's a glorious thing to watch unfold. Blackhawks defensemen shot 22 times and 13 were blocked. Quenneville also began sitting Jordin Tootoo and double-shifting Kane. The Blackhawks, however, know how to win, and that experience is more invaluable than any other intangible during the postseason. "They're a good team", Blackhawks leading scorer Patrick Kane said. Eerie silence filled the arena again 2:51 into the second period after the Predators caught the Hawks in a line change. Game 6 would be played in Nashville on April 24.

Chicago coasted into the Stanley Cup playoffs after a terrific spring carried them to the best record in the Western Conference.


Jonathan Toews hasn't scored a playoff goal in 11 games. "They like to play with a lot of speed and puck possession, and we did the right things on the ice". In Game 2, the Hawks were outplayed and outworked by a more aggressive Nashville team. Game 3 was Sunday night. We can play much better than that in all areas and all aspects.

Most of Fisher and Watson's play at even-strength, over 60 percent for both, started in the defensive zone, which explains their lower Corsi numbers.

Schmaltz looks to be slated with Kruger and Hossa on the third based on Friday's practice.

Gallant helped revive the Florida Panthers, leading them to a first-place finish in the Atlantic Division last season and becoming a coach of the year finalist, but he was sacked last November after the team stumbled to a slow start.

Toews hasn't scored in his last 10 playoff games. My opinion is coach Q must bench goaltender Corey Crawford. If the Hawks want any chance of moving on they're gonna need to get into the habit of scoring some goals and quickly. The Blackhawks won four of five in the regular season against Nashville. "Obviously everybody's trying to score that goal". Wilson had 35 points (12 goals, 23 assists) in 70 games in the regular season.



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