The Blackhawks fell to the Predators in round one
The Nashville Predators swept the Chicago Blackhawks in four games in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs to register their first sweep in franchise history. They also became the first team in the history of the NHL to sweep the number one seed in the conference as the number eight seed in the conference. No team had ever done so before.
This series domination came with the Predators outscoring one of the most dynamic offenses in the league 13-3 over their four games. Pekka Rinne allowed just 3 goals on 126 shots for an incredible .976% save percentage. Rinne also added 2 assists during the four game series to be the first goaltender in NHL history to register the same amount of points in a playoff series as the top point scorer for the opposing team. The Blackhawks scored the 9th most goals in the league during the regular season, the Predators scored the 11th most, missing Chicago’s mark by just two goals.
The series victory comes as just the fourth series win in the history of the Nashville Predators (1998). The Predators will look to continue their success when they take on another offensive force in Vladimir Tarasenko and the St Louis Blues in the second round. The Blues finished off the Minnesota Wild in 5 games on Saturday when Magnus Paajarvi scored the overtime winner to end the Wild’s season. Jake Allen has been almost as stellar as Rinne for the Blues, as he posted a .956% save percentage and 1.47 GAA after allowing just 8 goals on 182 shots throughout the five game series. The Blues are looking to make their second straight appearance in the western conference finals, while Nashville is looking for its first ever trip to the western conference finals.