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The Preds Did a Sweep

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4-0. Thats the final series record for the Preds against the Blackhawks. The eight seed, second wild card Nashville Predators dethroned the big, bad and mighty one seed Chicago Blackhawks for the fourth and final time Thursday night. This was the first time in Predators franchise history that they swept an opponent in the playoffs. This was also the first time in the new NHL -playoff format that a one seed has been beaten by the second wildcard.

Every so-called “expert” across ESPN and the NBC sports family picked the ‘Hawks to win this series. Nobody believed in the Preds outside of the 615. Even when a Preds fan would pick the Preds to win, they never would have guessed they would sweep. This was beyond the wildest of dreams.

Chicago hosted games one and two at the United Center, and the Predators dragged them out of there battered and bruised back to Nashville after having shut out the ‘Hawks in the first two games. Bridgestone had seen the Preds take a 2-0 lead before and blow it all the way to game seven before closing out the series last year against Anaheim. Not this year, though. The blood was in the water and the Predators pounced.

Throughout the series, Nashville outscored Chicago 13-3, and Pekka Rinne matched the highest scorers for Chicago, Patrick “She Said No” Kane and Jonathan “Captain Serious” Toews with two points. Rinne also stopped 123 of 126 shots in the series for a ridiculous .976 save percentage. If Rinne stays hot, the Predators could ride a very hot goaltender into a deep playoff run.

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