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Changes coming for Blackhawks after another 1st-round loss

Changes coming for Blackhawks after another 1st-round loss”

The Predators were relentless, all the way to the very end. The Maple Leafs are in great shape to make it to their first second round in many, many years, but must get through their Game 5 tie tonight at 00:00 GMT in Washington and the odds are stacked against them with 888 Sport posting at 3.80, while the Capitals are favorites at 1.86.

As I watched the Chicago Blackhawks file through the handshake line with the Nashville Predators on Thursday night after being swept out of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive year, I began to wonder if this was the start of the championship door closing. "But that said, I know that we're playing a great team with a ton of confidence". But it looks as if age might be catching up to some of the team's most important pieces, and several of its best young players flopped in the postseason this year. "And if that's the case, then we're going to get rid of those people".

Colton Sissons provided the second goal of the game and was assisted by Viktor Arvidsson and Ellis. Led by Rinne and a terrific defensive performance by their lines and defensive pairings, the Predators limited the high-scoring Blackhawks to just three goals in 13 periods.

Nashville Predators left winger Pontus Aberg (46) skates with the puck during the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks in game four of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena.

Chicago became the first No. 1 seed to lose in the opening round since the Los Angeles Kings knocked off the Vancouver Canucks on their way to the Stanley Cup title in 2012. They ended the season with a 50-23-9 record, accrued the most points of any team in the Western Conference and won the Central Division. It'd be a good series (if the Blues can close out Minnesota), and will go a long way toward answering which of these teams is for real. "I don't think hardly anyone else did, but that didn't matter". The series heads to Game 6 on Saturday Night.

Chris Kreider's shot on a rush went off Alexei Emelin's stick right to Zibanejad for a shot into an open side.

"You know that it's a team that it's always tough to come through the neutral zone against", Yeo said.

On whether Artemi Panarin's lack of playoff success is a concern: "I'm not trying to be repetitive, but we've got to find a way to be better than we've been, so he's no different than anyone else on our team". "So it's just kind of a relief to win it".

"I'll start off here by saying I'm completely, completely disappointed", Bowman said.

The Rangers grabbed a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

ST. LOUIS | Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves, Charlie Coyle scored in the first period and the Wild avoided a playoff sweep.

Carey Price had 33 stops. Patrick Maroon and Mark Letestu also scored for Edmonton, while San Jose got goals from Mikkel Boedker, Patrick Marleau and David Schlemko. Currently, the Blues lead the series 3-1.

In the first three games of the series against the faster and hungrier Preds, the average age of the Blackhawks' six starting defensemen was 31.8 years, and it showed.

Desjardins played with likely hall of famers Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau for four-plus seasons in San Jose and found that Toews handled his offensive frustrations in an equally professional way.

The Oilers - looking for a bounce-back game after a 7-0 beat-down by the Sharks in Game 4 - dominated the first 10 minutes, energized by the deafening roar of the orange and blue-clad fans at Rogers Place.



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