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Four Loco: NHL plays 4 OT playoff games in crazy night

"As a backup you don't want to touch the ice", Darling said before the Hawks fell to the Predators 3-2 in overtime in Game 3 on Monday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

The Blackhawks had been shut out in the first two games of this series, but managed to solve Pekka Rinne during a much better second period in Game 3.

BOSTON - Bobby Ryan scored on a tip-in on a power play 5:43 into overtime, and Ottawa recovered after giving up a three-goal lead to beat Boston and take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.

Asked if this group can bounce back, Quenneville had a short answer: "We're going to have to".

"It was a huge goal for this night", said Predators forward Filip Forsberg, who forced overtime with two third-period goals. After another shift in the Chicago zone, James Neal found the fleet-footed winger, and Fiala tucked a backhander past the outstretched glove of Corey Crawford to send the Nashville faithful into a frenzy shortly after the clock had struck midnight. Crawford stopped 46 of the first 48 that got through to net, but he couldn't turn away Fiala's game-winner. Crawford made 17 saves, numerous world-class variety, in the first period, and the Blackhawks gave him support for the first time in the series during the second period. "I was pretty angry, I could have finished it there, but never mind, we won".

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

Nashville outshot Chicago 49-36.

After seven periods of scoreless hockey, Chicago FINALLY found the back of the net in the playoffs as Dennis Rasmussen fired home a between-the-legs pass from Marcus Kruger to give Chicago the lead. The goal also snapped a scoreless skid for Chicago that spanned 177:45 back to their first-round loss to St. Louis last postseason.

April 8, 2017; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Nashville Predators Peter Laviolette looks on during play between Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Cassidy said they'll see who can skate Monday morning and go from there. Ryan Johansen scored a goal and drew two assists, defenseman Ryan Ellis starred again with a marker and 11 total shots, and all four lines potted goals. The NBCSN postgame show chalked it up to incidental interference, which meant the goal would stand, since Crawford was just outside the blue paint of the goal crease. He looked at Crawford, slapped Crawford's stick and interfered with Crawford's left pad, spinning the goalie to his right.

NOTES: This is Nashville's third straight overtime win at home in the playoffs.

In the playoffs, the game plan for the other team is to eliminate your star players, which is why it is imperative for your team to roll four lines.