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Nashville Predators complete sweep of Chicago Blackhawks

21 April 2017

Roman Josi scored twice, Pekka Rinne made 30 saves and the Nashville Predators completed a surprising sweep of the top-seeded team in the Western Conference playoffs Thursday night with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville, Tenn.

The Nashville Predators have bested the Chicago Blackhawks, but if Chi-town fans are looking for a little consolation, perhaps they can find it in this clip of Duncan Keith absolutely leveling Viktor Arvidsson with a completely legal and effortless-looking body check.

Roman Josi scored twice and Colton Sissons added another before Viktor Arvidsson put in an empty-netter for Nashville, who will play the victor of Minnesota and St. Louis in the second round.

David Desharnais set up Oscar Klefbom's game-tying goal late in the third period, then scored the victor at 18:15 of overtime as Edmonton beat the San Jose in Game 5 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Chicago scored just three goals in the series.

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Now they await the victor of the series between the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild. In vanquishing Chicago, Nashville notched its first postseason sweep, which means the other four all got there in matchups that lasted at least five games.

"Not good enough", Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

The Predators have been around since 1998-99 but never have won a second-round playoff series.

"We had the opportunity last game to do it, and we didn't", Crosby said.

David Desharnais scored late in the first overtime to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 win over the Sharks on Thursday night, pushing San Jose to the brink of elimination from the playoffs. The series victor takes on the Anaheim Ducks in Round 2.

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Sergei Bobrovsky stopped just 27 of 32 shots.

Mika Zibanejad scored the victor at 14:22 of the first overtime period to send NY over Montreal at the Bell Centre.

Josi's first goal of the game came midway through the second period when his slapper from the boards trickled through Corey Crawford's pads.

When an official waved off the goal and called Alex Wenneberg for interfering with Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the Penguins still had the lead and - even better - a power play. Nashville swept the best-of-seven set by a combined 13-3 and advanced to the second round for the second straight year and fourth time overall.

Zibanejad then was mobbed by the rest of the Rangers, who can advance to the second round with a win in Game 6 on Saturday night in NY. Jesper Fast and Brady Skjei replied for the Rangers.

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