Roman Josi scored twice, Pekka Rinne made 30 saves and the Nashville Predators completed a surprising sweep of the top-seeded team in the Western Conference playoffs Thursday night with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville, Tenn.
Colton Sissons also scored and Viktor Arvidsson added an empty-net goal as Nashville completed the franchise’s first playoff sweep. Led by Rinne and a terrific defensive performance by their lines and defensive pairings, the Predators limited the high-scoring Blackhawks to only three goals in 13 periods.
Chicago is the first No. 1-seeded team to lose in the opening round since 2012, when the Kings knocked off the Vancouver Canucks on their way to the Stanley Cup title. Chicago’s second consecutive first-round exit followed a regular season in which the Blackhawks went 50-23-9 and recorded 109 points, the second-highest total in franchise history.
Desharnais, in the slot, one-timed a Leon Draisaitl cross-ice pass past Sharks goaltender Martin Jones to cap an overtime session dominated by Edmonton.
The Oilers lead the Western Conference quarterfinal series 3-2 with Game 6 Saturday night in San Jose. The series winner takes on the Anaheim Ducks in Round 2.