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Blackhawks Edge Predators, 4-3 to Win First Round of NHL Playoffs

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- The Blackhawks are moving on in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith scored the winning goal late in the third period as Chicago defeated the Nashville Predators on Saturday Night, 4-3 to win their first-round series in six games.

Nashville jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening period with a pair of goals from forward James Neal. They would increase their lead to 3-1, 11:16 into the first period on center Matt Cullen’s goal.

Chicago would roar back with goals from center Jonathan Toews and forward Patrick Kane to even the score at 3-3 entering the second period.

Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne stopped 28-of-32 goals attempted while Corey Crawford and Scott Darling were a combined 22-of-25 for Chicago.

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