The Blackhawks eliminated the Predators in six games. The Blackhawks have clinched 10 of their last 11 series in six games or fewer dating back to 2010. The Blackhawks clinched six of those series on home ice.
The Blackhawks became the first team in Stanley Cup playoffs’ history to have two different goalies win a game in relief in a series, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Scott Darling won Game 1 in relief, and Corey Crawford won Game 6 in relief.
The Blackhawks allowed the Predators 27 third-period shots on goal in the series’ first two games. The Blackhawks allowed a total of 26 third-period shots over the next four games. The Blackhawks held the Predators to four shots on goal in the third period in Game 6. It matched the lowest shot total in a period for the series. The Predators also had just four shots on goal in the second period of Game 1.
Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith scored the game-winning goal in Games 1 and 6. He scored a total of two game-winning goals in the regular season. The Blackhawks’ defensemen also accounted for three-game winning goals in the series after having a total of six game-winning goals in the regular season.
Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews recorded a series-high eight points and was followed by Patrick Kane and Keith with seven points each. Toews has 89 points in 100 career playoff games. Kane has 98 points in 99 games.
Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp has recorded at least one goal in 18 consecutive playoff series and in 18 of 20 career playoff series. He has 41 goals in 112 career playoff games. He’s tied for 11th among active players in career playoff goals.
The Blackhawks and Predators each scored 15 goals in 5-on-5 play in the series. The Blackhawks were a plus-28 Corsi close (game within a goal in the first two periods and tied in the third period). Keith was a series-high plus-60 Corsi and was followed by Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardins at plus-34.
Keith averaged a series-high 32:03 of ice time and was followed by Predators defenseman Roman Josi at 31:36.
The Predators’ Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm each had a series-best plus-4 goal differential in 5-on-5 play. The Blackhawks’ Brent Seabrook, Brad Richards, Kane and Keith each had a team-best plus-3 goal differential. Keith was on the ice for 10 goals for and seven goals against. Predators defenseman Seth Jones had a series-worst minus-6 goal differential and was on the ice for nine goals against. The Blackhawks’ Marcus Kruger and Johnny Oduya each had a team-worst minus-4 goal differential.
The Predators’ Paul Gaustad started 75-of-83 zone faceoffs in the neutral or defensive zone. Kruger started 71-of-83 zone faceoffs in the neutral or defensive zone.
Josi blocked a series-high 27 shots. Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad and Kane each had a series-high eight takeaways. Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell had a series-high 35 hits. Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson had a series-high 12 giveaways.
Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen was the only player not to be on the ice for a goal-against in 5-on-5 play all six games. Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg and Gaustad were each on the ice for one goal against.
Gaustad had a series-best 56.0 faceoff winning percentage. He won 65-of-116 faceoffs. Richards led the Blackhawks with a 53.7 percentage. He won 51-of-95 faceoffs.
Darling had 160 saves on 171 shots for a .936 save percentage and played 297:46 in the series. Crawford had 51 saves on 60 shots for a .850 save percentage and played 128:44. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne had 189 saves on 208 shots for a .909 save percentage and played 424:39.
The Blackhawks allowed six power-play goals on 22 opportunities in the six games. The Blackhawks allowed a total of seven power-play goals in 65 chances in 19 playoff games last season and seven power-play goals in 67 opportunities in 23 games in 2013.
The Blackhawks were 3-for-19 on the power play for a 15.8 percentage in the series.