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Blackhawks have history of comebacks

Chicago down against Predators, has played well in previous postseasons when trailing

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks are down 2-0 in their best-of-7 series to the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference First Round, and are leaning on their history of bouncing back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Blackhawks overcame a 3-1 hole to win a second-round series in 2013 against the Detroit Red Wings, and they trailed 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 in the Western Conference Final in 2015 against the Anaheim Ducks before winning in seven games. Each year, they won the Stanley Cup.

Chicago also forced Game 7 after being down 3-1 in 2014 against the Los Angeles Kings in the conference final and again last season against the St. Louis Blues in the first round.


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"In the past, we've [responded] really well, usually," defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said Sunday, prior to the Blackhawks departing for Nashville. "I expect us to do the same thing this time. We usually find a way to play our best when the big games are ahead of us, and it doesn't get much bigger than this [Monday]."

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Game 3 is at Bridgestone Arena on Monday (9:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN 1, TVA Sports, FS-TN, CSN-CH).

Chicago hasn't scored in two games against Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne on 59 shots on goal, and was outplayed in a 5-0 loss in Game 2 at United Center on Saturday.

"I'm [ticked] off," defenseman Brent Seabrook. "I think we all are. It was a tough game [Saturday] night. It was embarrassing, losing 5-0. It was a tough night, and tough to sleep, but we have to get back on the horse. It's playoff time. They're not going to wait around for us. We have to go."

Thus far, Chicago hasn't looked like the team that finished with the most points in Western Conference (109) and had five winning streaks of at least five games. Aside from the second and third periods of Game 1, the Predators have outworked and outplayed the Blackhawks.

"I'm definitely frustrated about being down 2-0, and [to] have home-ice advantage and kind of throw that away that easily," Hjalmarsson said. "That obviously makes you disappointed, and you want to try and get that back. We're focusing on the future now."

Chicago can take a measure of confidence in its road record, as well. The Blackhawks went 24-13-4 away from United Center this season and set a franchise record with eight straight road victories.

This is the first time in the past nine playoffs that the Blackhawks have lost the first two games of a series on home ice.

"It was tough," Seabrook said. "There was nothing you could really say about it. We weren't playing our game. Fans in Chicago are great fans. They support us through thick and thin, and we weren't holding [up] our end of the bargain [Saturday] night."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville didn't say if he would make any lineup changes in Game 3 but did say Corey Crawford would start in goal.

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