Predators blast Blackhawks, lead series 2-0

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CHICAGO (WKRN) – After a scoring just one goal in game one, the Predators said they’d need to generate more chances and more goals. That’s exactly what happened Saturday night as the Preds rolled Chicago to take a 2-0 series lead back to Nashville.

Ryan Ellis got the scoring started with a first period goal. This was his first of the post season as the Predators built on the momentum of a game 1 win.

The second period was even better when less than three minutes in, Harry Zolnierczyk came on during a shift change to put the Preds second goal on the board and give Pekka Rinne more room to breathe.

The Preds really put some distance between themselves and Chicago as Craig Smith did some nifty skating to set up a grinder of a goal from Colton Sissons as Nashville took a 3-0 lead to the locker room after the second period.

The third period may have defined the series as the Predators added two more goals from Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala to blowout the Chicago 5-0 and take a 2-0 series lead back to Nashville.

Pekka Rinne producing his second straight shutout in net bringing his save total to 59 in the last two games.

In NHL playoff history, the team that leads a series 2-0 wins that series 88 percent of the time.

The Predators return to Nashville for game 3 Monday night.