Preds beat Chicago 3-2, push Hawks to brink of elimination

Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period to force overtime. But for now, the message they put out in public will be the same from Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on down leading up to Thursday's Game 4 against the Nashville Predators.

While the game-winner was one of those moments that will be celebrated for the next several days at least (and rightfully so), few will remember that the 5-foot-10, 193-pound left wing also was a factor in the first goal of the night.

"Please rise and welcome seven-time Grammy victor and longtime Nashville Predators fan Carrie Underwood", the announcer said to the delight of the sold-out crowd inside the Bridgestone Arena.

Fiala finally converted on his third chance in overtime.

Another skittish first period saw the Blackhawks get outshot 19-7 with their best chance coming, of all things, on a ricocheted puck off the boards from Johnny Oduya on a clearing attempt that almost got in the net.

Then James Neal found Fiala with a pass, and he beat Crawford to send fans home shortly after midnight local time.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry then joined Underwood on the ice to start the game with a Predators towel twirl.

Chicago eventually was going to score, despite Nashville's attempt to prevent it.

Dennis Rasmussen set up shop at the top of the crease and Marcus Kruger fed him from behind the net. The goal also snapped a scoreless skid for Chicago that spanned 177:45 back to their first-round loss to St. Louis last postseason.

"We're on God's good timing or whatever you might call it", Underwood admitted of she and Mike welcoming a second child into the world during the April 4 interview with Entertainment Tonight. The first goal was assisted by Vikton Arvidsson and the second by Ryan Ellis and Ryan Johansen. Nashville LW Colin Wilson (lower-body injury) sat out his third straight game. Kane's ripped 18 shots on goal, but he only has this lone tally to show for it. To steal Patrick Kane's post game quote... Some of his best chances were in this game in overtime.

Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15), of Russian Federation, celebrates after teammate Patrick Kane scored against Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, during the second period in Game 3 of a first-round National Hockey League h.

In Washington, it's not a matter of the stars not showing up - Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Justin Williams and Evgeny Kuznetsov have combined for seven goals, while T.J. Oshie is tied for the playoff lead with four assists. Braden Holtby stopped 24 shots. "He was looking for those (Monday) night and he had some of the best looks in the game".

Never has the franchise rallied back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series.

  • Angelo Rivera