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Predators vs. Blackhawks 2015 final score: 3 things we learned as Chicago eliminates Nashville

The Blackhawks advanced with a 4-3 win in Game 6.

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive might ultimately overcame defensive prowess, as the Chicago Blackhawks eliminated the Nashville Predators with a 4-3 win in Game 6 on Saturday.

Nashville lost despite scoring the quickest three goals in franchise history in the first period. James Neal gave them an early two-goal lead with two first period tallies just eight minutes into the game. The game quickly got out of hand at that point, as the two teams traded goals for the next three minutes. A Patrick Sharp goal for Chicago was answered immediately by Nashville's Matt Cullen, who was then answered by a goal from Jonathan Toews.

Patrick Kane's slap shot in the final minute topped off one of the most high-scoring periods of the playoffs, as the two sides entered the second period tied at 3-3. Corey Crawford would finish the game for the Blackhawks, as Scott Darling was pulled from the net after allowing three goals on 12 shots.

The score would remain tied up until the final two minutes, when Duncan Keith scored to send Chicago to the second round.

3 Things We Learned

1. It was the craziest first period of the playoffs

Six goals, 26 shots and one pulled Blackhawks goalie. The first period of Game 6 was a barnburner as both sides came out trying to throw knockout punches early. James Neal was a goal post away from a hat trick in the first twenty minutes! This series has shown great spurts of goal-scoring throughout, so it's a shame it's over.

2. The only time Game 5 slowed down was when Mike Ribeiro had the puck

You can't teach an old dog new, faster tricks. Ribeiro's ability to slow down the pace of play in an otherwise chaotic game was pretty amusing. But it must work, since the Predators have more power play goals than any other playoff team.

3. Chicago's netminding situation is as murky as ever

Who gets the bulk of the starts when Chicago plays in the second round? Corey Crawford's shakiness was seemingly remedied until Scott Darling started playing just as poorly as the series went on. Goalie is a serious problem that could haunt Chicago going forward.