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|Predators Surprise Blackhawks
|CHICAGO (AP) -- J.P. Dumont scored twice in the final period and the Nashville Predators won for the first time on the road in the playoffs, rallying to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 Friday night in the Western Conference quarterfinal opener.
It was Nashville's first road playoff win in 11 tries and it was a dramatic one with former Blackhawk Dumont burning his former team in the third.
Pekka Rinne made 25 saves in his playoff debut for the Predators. Patrick Kane had Chicago's goal in the second period. And after Dumont gave Nashville a 2-1 lead, the Jerred Smithson and Martin Erat added empty-net goals in the final 48 seconds.
Nashville's David Legwand got the puck after a turnover by Chicago's Troy Brouwer, raced in and took a shot that Antti Niemi stopped, but Dumont was there to knock in the rebound to give the Predators a 2-1 lead at 10:37 of the final period.
Minutes earlier, Dumont flipped a bouncing puck toward the goal from the deep right side, it skipped by a surprised Niemi, hit the post and went it to tie it 1:31 into the final period. Niemi, a rookie, made 22 saves in his playoff debut.
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