Fiala Makes a Statement with OT Winner

It's a great guide to show us what worked, what didn't in the past. We can be that team to try and frustrate them and put pressure on them, especially in their own building in the next game.

The Nashville Predators took a commanding 3-0 series lead by edging the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime Monday night.

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane knows he has to be a big factor if the Hawks are to rally from a 3-0 deficit against the Predators. Fiala has been all over the ice since his last recall from Milwaukee, playing like a young man possessed... adding an element of effort to his fantastic talent level.

The last time the Blackhawks trailed 3-0 in a series was that first-round tilt against Vancouver in 2011.

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan, facing front, celebrates with teammates after his game-winning goal off Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during overtime in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Bosto.

That team was coming off its first Stanley Cup in decades and the salary-cap purge that followed. There were a few more contributions across the board offensively.

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Prior to scoring his second-career playoff goal, Fiala had two opportunities to end the game even earlier. But don't overlook the magnitude of what the Preds are doing: It's not just that the Blackhawks are a consistently tough out in the playoffs, with a core of players that's won three Cups since 2010.

Fiala slipped a backhander past Corey Crawford as Nashville fought back from 2-0 down to seal a dramatic 3-2 victory in Nashville.

Washington lost home-ice advantage on Kasperi Kapanen's double overtime victor in Game 2, but coach Barry Trotz and his players aren't in panic mode. "He's about to turn two and we'll see what happens after that!" Of course not. It's the Blackhawks and it's the postseason, so anything is possible. A successful comeback from a 3-0 deficit has happened four times in the National Hockey League, most recently in 2014 when the Kings came back to beat the Sharks - and then win the Stanley Cup. We haven't played our best hockey. And maybe things would be different if Pittsburgh, and not Columbus, was down 3-0. They have won three of the last six Stanley Cups with the same core of players and took first place in the West. "Yes, it's a business, but the amount of good human beings I've run across in this sport is just incredible".

Again, anything is possible. The couple haven't been photographed together since an August 2016 vacation to Mexico and he was MIA at the Academy of Country Music Awards telecast on April. 2 where she was a performer and up for the night's biggest awards.

The sad part about this controversy, other than the obvious injustice to the Blackhawks, is that it overshadowed another brilliant effort from Nashville, whose blue line has been so dominant in this series that it has rendered Chicago's famed skill players almost impotent. It can be done.

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