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|Blackhawks Eliminate Predators with Win; Vancouver Up Next - Again
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jonathan Toews scored a power-play goal to cap a wild first period, and the Chicago Blackhawks held on for a 5-3 victory Monday night over Nashville and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals for the second straight year.
The Blackhawks won the final three games of the series, setting up a second-round matchup with the Vancouver Canucks for the second consecutive season. Chicago hasn't lost a Game 6 with the chance to eliminate an opponent since 1995.
Nashville has been eliminated in all five of its postseason appearances on home ice.
The Predators, who blew a lead with 13.6 seconds left in regulation in Game 5 on Saturday, scored three more goals than they had in two previous Game 6 losses. But they couldn't beat Antti Niemi in the final two periods even when getting three power plays within 4:29 of the third.
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