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The Nashville Predators capped off the franchise’s first-ever playoff sweep Thursday night with a 4-1 Game 4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena. 

Roman Josi was the man of the hour with two goalsincluding a game-sealing tally in the third period to put Nashville up 3-0, as the NHL documented on Twitter: 

Furthermore, Josi’s effort helped the Predators achieve something no team had against the Blackhawks since 1993, according to Hockey Night in Canada’s David Amber: 

TSN 1260’s Jason Gregor provided more context behind Chicago’s shocking playoff ouster: 

Perhaps even more noteworthy is that the Blackhawks were limited to three goals the entire series as the Predators shut them down repeatedly, per NBC Sports’ Liam McHugh:  

The Predators, of course, were able to put the clamps on the Blackhawks thanks to a pair of shutouts back in the Windy City—results that were rather rare over the past decade-plus. According to the Tennessean‘s Adam Vingan, the Predators became the first team in the last 15 years and the third ever to post consecutive postseason shutouts on the road in Chicago.

Predators vs. Blackhawks Results
Game 1 Nashville 1, Chicago 0
Game 2 Nashville 5, Chicago 0
Game 3 Nashville 3, Chicago 2 (OT)
Game 4 Nashville 3, Chicago 1

And in an ironic twist, Bourbon Street Shots’ Mason Ginsberg noted the No. 1-seeded Blackhawks were overshadowed in the win column by their eighth-seeded counterparts on the hardwood:


However, the New York Daily News‘ Peter Botte noted the NHL postseason tends to be an unpredictable beast: 

Thanks to Thursday’s win, the Predators will now have ample time to prepare for their eventual second-round matchup. As things stand, the Predators are primed to meet either the St. Louis Blues or Minnesota Wild with a trip to the Western Conference Finals on the line. 

Entering Saturday’s Game 5, the Blues own a 3-1 series lead over the Wild and appear primed for a date with the upstart Predators.    


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