Early analysis of the first-round series between the Predators and Blackhawks, two stylistically aggressive teams, predicted a blistering pace. Through two games, they alternately imposed themselves, leading to a stalemated series as it migrated to Chicago.
Nashville and Chicago wrestled for dominance again Sunday in Game 3, with the Blackhawks seizing control in a 4-2 victory.
"It was an even game," Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "It was back-and-forth. They have some dangerous players and they made a difference tonight."