The Nashville Predators have shocked the hockey world sweeping the powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks in the first-round of the 2017 NHL playoffs. Very few people gave the Predators a fighting chance in the series.. given Chicago’s resume of recent Stanley Cup success. Nobody in their right mind predicted a sweep.
In fact, the Blackhawks become the first number one seed to be swept since the NHL adopted this playoff format in 1994.
Chicago is the first No. 1 seed to lose in the opening round since the Los Angeles Kings knocked off the Vancouver Canucks on their way to the Stanley Cup title in 2012.
This shocking sweep marking the second straight first-round exit for chicago followed a regular season in which the Blackhawks went 50-23-9 and recorded 109 points, the second-highest total in franchise history.
History was definitely not on the side of the Predators here: the Blackhawks have had Nashville’s number In playoffs past. Nashville was eliminated by Chicago during the Blackhawks’ 2010 and 2015 Stanley Cup title runs.
“Not good enough,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “I don’t think anybody exceeded their expectations, didn’t compete to the level that’s necessary. I take that personally as a coach to find the ‘all-out’ button and didn’t get the job done.”
This is obviously, the worst we have seen the Blackhawks perform in years.
This Nashville team ever gets the credit they deserve. The style in which they completely dominated the most successful team of this generation, this time around, definitely has them on everybody’s radar now. We will have to wait and see how they deal with the extra attention.
Obviously, they will be a very dangerous team if they are able to stick to this game plan. A lot of credit has to be given to the management for pulling off the huge personnel moves that have allowed them to succeed.