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Nashville shuts out Chicago to take 2-0 series lead

The Predators are singing a sweet tune on their way home to Music City, threatening to play the Chicago Blackhawks right out of the postseason. Rinne made 30 saves in his second straight shutout and picked up two assists, helping Nashville rout host Chicago — the Western Conference’s top seed — 5-0 on Saturday for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Ryan Ellis, Harry Zolnierczyk, Colton Sissons and Kevin Fiala each scored their first career playoff goal. The Predators became the fifth team in NHL history to begin a postseason with consecutive road shutouts and the first since 2001. The Maple Leafs’ first playoff victory since 2013 also included a loss, as defenseman Roman Polak left in the second period after his right leg bent the wrong way as he landed after a hit from Brooks Orpik. The Senators erased a 3-1 deficit with a two-goal third period to force overtime, and then started overtime with a man advantage as the Bruins took a delay-of-game penalty with 12.5 seconds remaining in regulation. Ryan Getzlaf scored the tie-breaking power-play goal with 4:46 to play on a deflection off Calgary center Lance Bouma’s skate to give host Anaheim a 2-0 lead in West first-round playoff series. Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell scored first-period goals and John Gibson made 35 saves in the Ducks’ 29th consecutive victory over the Flames at the Honda Center, the longest such streak in NHL history. Mikael Backlund scored a short-handed goal and Sean Monahan had a power-play goal for the Flames.

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