Game One was something completely different for the Nashville Predators.
Following a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 on Sunday, though, their Western Conference quarterfinal series was no different than any of the NHL’s other seven first-round matchups. It was tied one game apiece.
Chicago started the scoring with a second-period goal for the second straight game much to the delight of the United Center crowd, which had expressed obvious frustration earlier in the period.
Unlike two days earlier, when it won a postseason road game for the first time in their history, Nashville had no answer this time. It was outshot 33-22 for the contest and was shut out in the postseason for the fourth time in 24 all-time contests.
The decisive goal came with Chicago on the power play. Dave Bolland scored at 8:44 of the second period, 42 seconds after Jordin Tootoo was sent to the box for tripping.
Patrick Kane made it 2-0 when he converted on a two-on-one 4:18 into the third. It was Kane’s second goal in as many games.
Nashville was without leading goal scorer Patric Hornqvist, who missed the third period of Friday’s contest with a recurrence of the upper body injury that caused him to sit out the final game of the regular season.
The series now moves to Nashville. Game 3 will be 8 p.m. Tuesday and Game 4 will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Bridgestone Arena.