by Thomas Sarver
The Preds rolled into the United Center with hopes of ending their road game slump, but the Blackhawks had other things in mind, despite only winning one of their last ten games.
In the first period, the Preds had a strong start where they established strong offensive play. That did not last, however, due to the number of easy turnovers from the Preds, Chicago had no trouble taking the momentum right from the Predators.
That would be the story for the majority of the first period until Kevin Fiala went top shelf on Cam Ward for the Predators only goal in the game.
The second period started and with it, the play started to pick up. Chicago found their offense, netting two goals in two minutes to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead.
As Chicago’s offense kicked it up a notch, so did Pekka Rinne. Rinne played absolutely lights out, but in the end, Rinne couldn’t do everything. One big save required another one, and well, Pekka can’t bail the Preds out every time.
The third period didn’t bring much to the table in terms of excitement. In the third period more than any other, it was apparent that the fact that the Preds have played four games in five and a half days.
Fatigue appeared to have set in, until the last five minutes, when the Preds started attacking extremely aggressive. As good as the attack looked though, Cam Ward appeared to have turned back the clock back to when he was the Conn Smythe trophy for the then Peter Laviolette coached Carolina Hurricanes and was borderline unstoppable.
Hopefully, Nashville is able to return to their early season form, but with Colton Sissons also getting banged up, it looks like Nashville’s injury woes are not yet done.
In the meantime this is about how the game went in the form of Chris Farley gifs.
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