The NHL playoffs started off with a bang Wednesday and game one between the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators was a big reason why. Game one between the two teams was the first overtime game of the playoff season. The Predators roared out to a 3-0 lead in the first period taking advantage of several miscues by Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford. Crawford gave up three soft goals to the Predators in the first, including one where he unwisely came out of the crease to clear the puck off the boards only to turn it over leading to a Nashville goal on a wide open net.
Nashville’s Colin Wilson scored two on Crawford in the first including the one that ended Crawford’s night.
Crawford would be pulled and Scott Darling would replace him. The move was both a reaction to Crawford allowing some soft goals and an attempt to wake up the Blackhawks. The move worked. The Blackhawks would score three unanswered goals on Pekka Rinne after the goalie switch, pushing the game to overtime. From that point on the game became a classic display of overtime playoff hockey.
In the second overtime it was Chicago’s Duncan Keith who won it with a long shot that Pekka Rinne lost sight of capping the Chicago comeback and stealing game one to end a long night for both teams.