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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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Blackhawks Take 3-1 Series Lead in West Finals 

Harry How/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- No Duncan Keith?  No problem.

Marian Hossa scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to top the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Thursday night to take a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference Finals series.

The win ended the Kings' 15-game home winning streak and placed the defending Stanley Cup champions just one game from elimination.

"They were playing so well at home, and to finally break that streak, we're happy about it," Hossa said. "We knew about it. We talked about it before the game. We were hoping to break it, and we got it."

The Blackhawks were without top defender Duncan Keith, who received a one-game suspension for high-sticking Kings centre Jeff Carter in a Game 3 loss.  Corey Crawford made 19 saves.

Patrick Kane tapped a shot past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick to help the Blackhawks rally from a second-period deficit and tie the game at two. 

"It's a loss. They're all the same," Quick said. "We've just got to win one game. That's all we've got to do."

Game five will be played Saturday night in Chicago, where the Blackhawks will look to advance to their second Stanley Cup Finals in the past four years.

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Blackhawks Defenseman Duncan Keith Suspended For Game Four Of Western Conference Finals 

Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- If the Chicago Blackhawks want to win Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, they'll have to do it on the road without one of their best defensemen.

Duncan Keith received a one-game suspension for high-sticking the Los Angeles Kings' Jeff Carter during Game 3, the NHL's department of player safety announced Wednesday.

Keith and Carter were skating near one another when Keith swung his stick upward and struck Carter in the face.  Carter had to get 20 stitches and also chipped a tooth.

"Although Keith asserts he did not intend to hit Carter in the face or hit him with such force, he does admit to intentionally swinging his stick at Carter as Carter is skating away from him," NHL vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan said. "It also should be noted even if Carter did chop down on top of Keith's hand, that still does not justify the extent of Keith's actions."

The Blackhawks currently lead the best-of-seven series two games to one.

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Avalanche Snap Blackhawks' Streak 

Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images(DENVER) --  The Chicago Blackhawks have fallen.

The best start in NHL history is over as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Blackhawks 6-2 on Friday night behind one goal and three assists from Matt Duchene.

It was the first regulation loss for the Blackhawks (21-1-3, 45 pts), and brought an end to their run that saw them score at least a point in each of their first 24 games this season.

"We're proud of it, but it'll be nice to move on now," Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said. "It's hockey, we've lost games before in our lives. It's not like we're going to sit here and cry."

Seymon Varlamov stopped 30 shots in net for the struggling Avalanche (9-10-4, 22 pts), who nearly ended the streak Wednesday night in Chicago.  Daniel Carcillo scored with 49 seconds left in the third period of that game to give the Blackhawks the victory.

The Blackhawks had not allowed more than four goals in their first 24 games this season.

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