"You don't want it to be easy", Holtby said.
Simply put: The Nashville Predators' first-round pick in 2014 is magic when he has the puck on his stick.
Say, what's up, er, down with the once-mighty Chicago Blackhawks?
Carrie Underwood stunned Nashville Predators fans and players, including her Team Captain husband Mike Fisher, with a stellar surprise performance of the US national anthem during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Every time he got the puck it seemed like he had little to no space to skate with it. Kane was able to tally on a powerplay but he also has been absorbed by the Nashville defense. Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan, top, celebrates after his game-winning goal off Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during overtime in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Boston, Monday, April 17, 2017. If they can keep that up and get a couple of game-stealing performances from Brian Elliott, this series could end much closer than the current score would indicate.
"I felt pretty good but there were some tough breaks on the goals".
But the Blackhawks, winners of three Stanley Cup titles in the past seven years, now trail 3-0 for the first time since the 2011 quarterfinals. That clearing attempted turned into a legitimate scoring chance when the puck took a unusual bounce off the glass in Nashville's zone and headed straight towards the Preds' vacated net. He's not almost as enthusiastic or effective in those moments.
The Chicago Blackhawks know one thing with an absolute certainty: They must play better. Those opportunities simply don't exist in the National Hockey League. Those were two sights missing from games one and two. Everyone will undoubtedly be sick of hearing and saying it's all about taking one game at a time. "I thought he handled it well". "I've got to be better". Rinne's save helped the Predators take a commanding lead.
Trotz is considering some lineup adjustments going into Game 3 Monday night. With 5:52 remaining in regulation and the Blackhawks attempting to hold a 2-1 lead, Forsberg fired a puck on net as Viktor Arvedsson came flying in front of Crawford. And, of course, one of them went in. "They shot the puck at him from a lot of different angles".
The 34-year-old wowed the audience with her awesome voice, as the crowd cheered and applauded throughout her acoustic version.
'I'm like: "Yeah! Get 'em!"' Underwood told People of watching her husband play. "... He's a young kid playing in a man's league, and a really good league at that".
Over the weekend, two teams, the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets, were pushed to the brink of elimination in their first-round tilts by their respective opponents, each dropping their third-straight games to start the post-season.
For right now, the occasional - and well-timed - displays of rare skill are enough.