The 'Hawks went on to lose the game 3-2 in an overtime thriller, but they got to overtime because they gave up two fluke goals in the third period.
After the Blackhawks tallied two, the Predators answered back with a weird goal early in the third period, as Filip Forsberg poked in a puck that took an unusual bounce off a stanchion on the board behind Corey Crawford and landed right in the crease, out of the goaltender's sight.
At 14:08 of the third period in the Blackhawks/Predators game, Chicago requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether Viktor Arvidsson interfered with Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford prior to Filip Forsberg's goal. It was a good goal. "He had lots of looks, opportunities".
Denied on two point-blank chances earlier in overtime, Fiala didn't make a mistake with the final one, potting his second goal of the series off James Neal's slick backhand pass. His stop on Kevin Fiala in overtime kept the Blackhawks in it.
As Ovechkin said on Monday, "The series goes to four wins". The Ottawa Senators blew a 3-0 lead before redeeming themselves in overtime, the Washington Capitals are still very much in their series with the Toronto Maple Leafs even with their Game 3 loss, and Calgary's chances of winning its series were quite modest to begin with. It was also Kane's first postseason goal since Game 5 against the St. Louis Blues last spring.
Patrick Kane made it 2-0 at 11:15 of the second with Ryan Ellis in the penalty box for delay of game. According to Rule 38.4 (vi) "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick in relation to the crossbar". Crawford also got his left toe on a shot from Fiala in the slot with 6:00 left. Crawford stopped 46 of the first 48 that got through to net, but he couldn't turn away Fiala's game-winner. It's up to Kane, Toews and coach Joel Quenneville to find a way to break the defense that has kept the Hawks flustered and scoreless through two games. Unlike a sphere-shaped baseball or basketball, a hockey puck can bounce in different ways, roll on its side and its direction can be highly unpredictable. "You never know what can happen, so we'll just focus on winning the next one". Nashville is getting great goaltending from Pekka Rinne, their defensive structure is absolutely dumbfounding Chicago's attack and offensively the contributions are coming from all over the roster. "But after that we can only talk about taking every game at a time here and be ready to do whatever we can do to win the next game. It was a tough night and tough to sleep but we have to get back on the horse". With Nashville on the power play midway through the first period, Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya cleared the puck out of the Chicago end.