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Chicago Blackhawks Playoff Game 1

The Hawks take on the Preds

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It’s the time of the year that every team trains to get to, but only 16 teams will see. It’s playoff hockey time in Chicago.

What almost seems like a yearly tradition at this point, the Chicago Blackhawks have made the playoffs for the coveted Stanley Cup Trophy. The road to winning the cup will be long, and it starts with the Nashville Predators.

The Blackhawks are 4-0-1 in the regular season against the Predators; they won 4 games in a row in the face offs between the two teams. With the 3rd best record in hockey, and the best record in the west, the Blackhawks will have home ice (an extra home game) in the series with Nashville.

The Blackhawks suffered a tight loss against Nashville on Thursday night, in a stunning 1-0 that surprised all 22,075 fans in Chicago. The Predators held out against the Blackhawks offense to win, mostly in part to goalie Pekka Rinne (31-19-9 in the regular season).

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford stopped 19 shots out of 20, a small number compared to Rinne’s 29 saves on the nights. The lone goal came from the stick of left winger Viktor Arvidsson, who scored seven minutes into the first period.

“It’s unfortunate to lose game one.” Phillip Oliver, a Chemistry major said. “But, 0-1 doesn’t really say much in terms of how we were outplayed especially in an home game. We all know (Blackhawk fans) that the Blackhawks are just getting started. This loss is just going to fire the team up. I see high scoring games in the future.”

The Blackhawks will look to take game 2 on Saturday night in Chicago, while the Predators look for a massive advantage, when they return to Nashville for game 3 next week.

If the Blackhawks want to win this series, then they need to figure out how to put the puck past Rinne, with a registered 29 shots. The Blackhawks need to go back to their normal ways of putting the puck into the net.

Game 2 is on Saturday night at 7:00pm CT

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