Carrie Underwood shocked Nashville Predator fans on Monday ahead of their playoff game when the country superstar took to the ice to perform the National Anthem.
Chicago, which won three Stanley Cups from 2010-15, has not lost the first two playoff games of a series at home since 1995 and had not been blanked in each of first two since 1935.
Underwood was introduced by the arena announcer with him saying, "Please rise and welcome seven-time Grammy victor and longtime Nashville Predators fan Carrie Underwood". The Blackhawks were shut out in that first game vs. Vancouver but scored six goals over the next two contests.
- The first second round ticket can be punched tonight as Pittsburgh has a 3-0 lead in their series with Columbus. Predators play-by-play broadcaster Willy Daunic said he'll remember the Fiala goal for the rest of his career. "It's good for a young kid in a big situation like that to score a really patient goal".
The Predators have never won the first three games of any playoff series, and they got here by outscoring the Western Conference's No. 1 seed 9-2. However, they persevered and came back to tie the game before the end of regulation time, with forward Filip Forsberg scoring both goals. The goals also allowed the two freshmen to join some rarified air when it comes to franchise history.
A more traditional rush from an unconventional pair would finally snap the Blackhawks' postseason scoreless streak in the second period.
But Monday night's Game 3 OT may not happened at all if not for a controversial moment late in the third period - one that will be dissected not just in Chicago on Tuesday, but wherever and whenever fans are trying to better understand the gray areas of the league's goaltender-interference rules.
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Asked if this group can bounce back, Quenneville had a short answer: "We're going to have to".
"Demoralizing and disappointing. there's probably a lot more words, but they called it", Cassidy said of referee Tim Peel's call.
"We got to find a way to put pressure on them, got to make them realize that winning a fourth game is the toughest for any team in any series", Toews said.
Fiala threw his head back in disbelief, but the third time was his and Nashville's charm. Neal found Fiala positioned perfectly between four Chicago defenders, but Crawford was just able to get his pad on the puck.
Crawford stopped 46 shots in the defeat, while Pekka Rinne made 34 saves for Nashville. Fiala would have the last laugh putting it past the Chicago netminder after a poorly placed Marian Hossa drop pass with 3:16 remaining in the first overtime.
Crawford had seemed determined to keep Chicago alive, making 46 stops in the defeat.
Everybody knew Underwood would be at the game, seeing as how she's married to team captain Mike Fisher.