Playoffs: Predators sweep top-seeded Blackhawks

Playoffs: Predators sweep top-seeded Blackhawks

As happened in Game 3, Crawford had luck work against him in the third period as Colton Sissons' shot smacked off the crossbar, landed in the goal crease and then went off Crawford's pads for the goal to make it 2-0.

In an attempt to create a spark, the Blackhawks altered their lines, and star forward Patrick Kane played nearly 24 minutes.

For the second consecutive year, the Chicago Blackhawks are out in the first round.

The Hawks will head home to lick their wounds while the Preds will wait for the victor of the Blues-Wild series, which St. Louis leads 3-1. But the Hawks bested them in the season series 4-1 and got past them and onto Stanley Cup glory in 2010 and 2015. I don't think the Blackhawks necessarily suffered from a lack of effort, but there was definitely a lack of energy that made them mortal.

Corey Crawford got the Hawks out of the first period with some strong saves, but he couldn't keep the miracle coming. On Thursday the Blackhawks' postseason, which began with so much promise after a 109-point regular season, ended with a thud.

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The Preds, however, had the final say of the night, and the series, as Arvidsson tapped in the fourth goal on an empty net.

In Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby and Scott Wilson scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, helping the Penguins win 5-2 and eliminate the Blue Jackets in Game 5 of their first-round series.

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Maybe Toews has hit and passed his peak after a second straight sub-par season in which the captain just did not look like the dominant two-way center we're used to. The two scores gave Sissons his first career multi-goal postseason game.

Bryan Rust scored twice for Pittsburgh, Phil Kessel added his second of the playoffs and Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 49 saves. The series victor takes on the Anaheim Ducks in Round 2.

Desharnais, in the slot, one-timed a Leon Draisaitl cross-ice pass past Sharks goaltender Martin Jones to cap an overtime session dominated by Edmonton.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped just 27 of 32 shots.

Chris Kreider's shot on a rush went off Alexei Emelin's stick right to Zibanejad for a shot into an open side.

The feelings of accomplishment and euphoria at Bridgestone Arena once it ended, and the manner in which the Predators advanced, were undeniably similar to the five-game destruction of Detroit five years earlier.

The Rangers and Canadiens also play their Game 5 after NY held off Montreal at home in a close, one-goal contest.

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