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Blackhawks look to go up 3-2 on Predators

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CHICAGO (AP) -Antti Niemi (AN'-tee nee-YEH'-mee) has posted two shutouts in his four career playoff games for the Chicago Blackhawks. Not bad for a rookie goaltender.

Niemi and shot-blocking defenseman Brent Sopel have played key roles in Nashville's 0-for-17 performance on the power play in the opening-round series that is tied 2-2 headed into Saturday's Game 5 in Chicago.

Now the Blackhawks hope to keep the defensive pressure on the Predators. Nashville won Games 1 and 3, but have been without leading goal scorer Patric Hornqvist the last three games.

Hornqvist has been skating in practice but not been able to play since the opener because of an upper body injury. His status Sunday is still not known.

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