Predators beat Blackhawks 4-1 to complete sweep

The Lemont native has repeatedly expressed how much he enjoys playing for his hometown Blackhawks, but he's also proven that he can handle the responsibilities that comes with being a No. 1 goaltender in the National Hockey League. "It's been an extremely unsafe team down the stretch and First Round against Minnesota..."

If the Hawks move Crawford, they'd look to re-sign goalie Scott Darling, who feels he is ready to become a full-time No.1 goaltender in the National Hockey League. Keeping their players healthy and safe was more of a priority.

The No. 8 seed Nashville Predators pulled off the incredible upset and completed their sweep of the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. He can't trade long term contracts with older players attached to them to make room on the roster for his brilliant and exciting prospects.

The NHL playoffs are also going on right now in the chase for the most iconic sports trophy: the Lord Stanley Cup. It seemed like this year they could potentially do the same. On Thursday, Sissons and Predators defenseman Roman Josi scored 89 seconds apart, squashing the Blackhawks' rapidly diminishing hopes.

The Blackhawks, meanwhile, cruised wire-to-wire, reaching 50 wins for the second time in 90 years. Chicago was shutout in both of their games at home and they only scored three goals during the entire series.

Then with the Hawks pressing for the tying goal in the third, Sissons hit the post on a rush chance and the puck got stuck in Crawford's pads. Every sign pointed to the Blackhawks having the upper hand. His third-period tally at 10:21 gave Nashville a 3-0 advantage. But I felt like this year was kind of a productive year for me, so maybe if I'm on the second line, I could maybe score a few more goals. At the same time, Chicago looked very separated. He says Quenneville will be back but stopped short of guaranteeing pretty much anything else for next season.

"I don't know if I buy that", Bowman said. The Canadiens had the best record in the Atlantic Division and look like they could advance to play the victor of the Senators/Bruins series.

So, what remains for the Blackhawks to do this summer?

Part of what makes hockey so interesting is that it's so hard to score, so a team can play ideal hockey for 99 percent of the game, but that one mistake could be so costly that it swings the game.

Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is typically as mild-mannered as they come, but on Saturday Bowman didn't hold back in letting his infuriation show. Change comes in many different ways. So the specifics of how we're going to change things into next year are not really meant for this forum. It started out poorly and though it eventually started to even itself out, it never quite got to the level it needed to be at.

"We didn't play the game that's supposed to be played in the playoffs", winger Artemi Panarin said through an interpreter. This year's team lacked players that fit and excelled in complementary roles that led to those three Cup victories - like former Hawks Kris Versteeg, Andrew Shaw, Andrew Ladd and Troy Brouwer - mostly because of salary-cap reasons.

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