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Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks
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CHICAGO (AP) - When the Nashville Predators got together Saturday to watch some tape and make a few adjustments and corrections, their dramatic Game 1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks was pretty much old news. At least to them.

"We didn't even talk about last night," coach Barry Trotz said. "We're worried about (Sunday) night's game. They are very business like."

That's one way of describing the Predators' approach after Friday night's 4-1 victory on the Blackhawks' home ice where Chicago won 29 games this season.

Nashville did all of its scoring in the third period - two goals coming from ex-Blackhawks forward J.P. Dumont and two empty netters that quieted what had been a raucous crowd.

Winning their first road playoff game in 11 tries, the Predators were able to slow down Chicago's talented offense with a stifling middle-of-the ice defense. The Blackhawks led the NHL this season in most shots attempted per game (34) and fewest shots allowed (25), but Nashville stayed even as both teams finished with 26 shots.

"They get you when you are trying to make plays in the middle, they all come back really hard and when you try to go east-west, they end up taking it the other way," Chicago's Andrew Ladd said Saturday, describing the Predators' defense.

"They are a hard team to play against. They find ways to keep themselves in games and come up with two points at the end of the night," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville. "Last night is probably a good illustration."

First Road Playoff Win in Club History

Nashville’s 4-1 victory on Friday at the United
Center marked the first road win in franchise
history after dropping its first 10 road decisions
over a four-year span. All four goals were
scored in the third period, twice as many as the
Predators had ever scored in a road period in
the postseason, and one better than their
previous single period playoff high overall. Aided
by a pair of empty netters, the Predators also
tied the franchise record for most goals in a road
game – originally set in a 5-4 loss at San Jose
on April 27, 2006.

Dumont Raises His Game in the Playoffs
J.P. Dumont registered the Predators’ fifth two-
goal performance in a playoff game on Friday in
Game One of the series, into first on the
franchise’s all-time postseason goals list (6),
and playoff points list (6g-4a). All six of Dumont’s
goals have come as part of multi-goal games, as
he had two in each of Nashville’s first two games
of its 2007 Western Conference Quarterfinal
series with San Jose (April 11 and 13).
Additionally, both times a Predator has struck
twice in a period during the playoffs, it has been
Dumont. Before Thursday’s two-goal third period,
he also had two on in the second period of the
April 13, 2007 contest.

The veteran of 43 playoff games with Buffalo and
Nashville has 17 postseason goals (to go with 14
assists), and 11 of the tallies have come in five
multi-goal performances. Besides his three two-
goal games with Nashville, he had a pair in the
Sabres’  8-0 rout of the Flyers in Game Six of the
2001 Eastern Conference Finals (April 21) and a
playoff hat trick/four points in an 8-2 Buffalo victory
over Philadelphia in Game Two of the 2006 Eastern
Conference Quarterfinals (April 24).

Playoff Quick Hits
This is the second time Nashville has won Game
One of a series. It topped San Jose 4-3 in Game
One of the 2006 Western Conference Quarters…
The Predators outscored Chicago 4-0 in the third
period after being outscored 13-4 in the third period
over the final nine games of the regular season…
Since 1994, the No. 7 seed has defeated the No. 2
seed 46.3 percent of the time (14-of-30)… The
Predators have the fewest man games of NHL
playoffs experience of anyone in this year’s
postseason (415).
The second-seeded Blackhawks, who just missed finishing first in the Western Conference, led 1-0 after two periods as rookie goalie Antti Niemi looked solid.

But when Dumont flipped a puck from deep on the right side toward the net early in the third, it bounced and then eluded Niemi to tie the game. After a big turnover by Chicago's Troy Brouwer, Dumont added the go-ahead score later in the period.

"I think that lucky bounce gave us momentum and gave us that hope, and I think we kind of got going after that," Predators defenseman Shea Weber said. "That kind of woke us up."

Even though some players claimed the ice condition wasn't ideal and somewhat chippy, Niemi didn't use the surface as an excuse for Dumont's first goal - the one that turned the game.

"I should have been more aggressive," said Niemi, who made his playoff debut, as did Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne.

"I saw it coming to the net. I don't know how it bounced or why," he added. "It had nothing to do with the ice. ... It was just a terrible goal. We were handling things that far really good in the game."

The Blackhawks will make at least one adjustment for Sunday night's Game 2. Quenneville will reunite Olympic defensemen Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith. He split them up shortly after Brian Campbell and Seabrook were injured by separate hits, and the Blackhawks were struggling. His shuffle also included moving forward Dustin Byfuglien to defense.

"We know it's a great tandem and they work well together," Quenneville said.

Trotz pointed out that sometimes it's the smallest detail that can make the biggest difference in the playoffs, especially when the games are so close and the pace so frenetic.

"That playoff style of game really tightens it up and limits your options," Weber said. "Sometimes where you might have an extra second to make a play in the regular season, you don't in the playoffs because the speed is that much faster."

"Every game you press the reset button," added Rinne, who finished with 25 saves, including a nice poke check against Patrick Sharp on a partial breakaway.

"I think they want to get a few more shots to the net. I think they're going to crash the net a little more, maybe throw some people around the crease areas," Rinne said.

"I think it's going be the same kind of game: really physically tough, mentally tough and a hard grinding game."

series schedule/results
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 16 '10 NSH 4 at CHI 1 J. Dumont
Apr 18 '10 NSH 0 at CHI 2 D. Bolland
Apr 20 '10 CHI 1 at NSH 4 D. Legwand
Apr 22 '10 CHI 3 at NSH 0 P. Sharp
Apr 24 '10 NSH 4 at CHI 5 - OT M. Hossa
Apr 26 '10 CHI 5 at NSH 3 J. Toews
J. Dumont2202+1001
D. Legwand2022+2000
J. Smithson2101+2200
M. Erat2101+0200
J. Ward2011+1000
D. Hamhuis2011+1000
M. Goc2011+1000
C. Franson2011+1200
R. Suter2000+2000
S. Sullivan2000+1200
S. Weber2000+1200
F. Bouillon2000+0200
J. Tootoo2000+0200
N. Spaling2000+0000
J. Arnott2000-1000
K. Klein2000-1200
C. Wilson2000-1000
D. Boyd1000+0000
P. Hornqvist1000+0000
P. Rinne21-13591.53.949
P. Kane2213-1000
P. Sharp2022+0400
D. Bolland2101+0211
B. Sopel2011+1000
J. Toews2011-1000
N. Hjalmarsson2000+2000
B. Eager2000+0200
C. Fraser2000+0000
M. Hossa2000-1200
J. Madden2000-1000
T. Kopecky2000-1000
B. Seabrook2000-1000
A. Ladd2000-1200
K. Versteeg2000-1200
T. Brouwer2000-1200
J. Hendry2000-1000
D. Byfuglien2000-2000
D. Keith2000-3200
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