NHL Three Stars: Rinne blanks Blackhawks again; Kapanen, Phaneuf OT heroes

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CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 15: <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/5329/" data-ylk="slk:Mattias Ekholm">Mattias Ekholm</a> #14 of the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/teams/nas/" data-ylk="slk:Nashville Predators">Nashville Predators</a> congratulates <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/3764/" data-ylk="slk:Pekka Rinne">Pekka Rinne</a> #35 after a shutout win over the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/teams/chi/" data-ylk="slk:Chicago Blackhawks">Chicago Blackhawks</a> in Game Two of the Western Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 15, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Predators defeated the Blackhawks 5-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 15: Mattias Ekholm #14 of the Nashville Predators congratulates Pekka Rinne #35 after a shutout win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Two of the Western Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 15, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Predators defeated the Blackhawks 5-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

No. 1 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

Rinne not only shut the Chicago Blackhawks out for the second straight game, he also contributed offensively. As the Predators took a 2-0 series lead with a 5-0 victory, the Finnish netminder recorded a pair of assists along with 30 saves. He now has stopped all 59 shots he’s faced. According to the NHL, Nashville is the fifth team ever to start the playoffs with consecutive road shutouts.

No. 2 Star: Kasperi Kapanen, Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs rookie came up big with a pair of goals, including the double overtime winner to give Toronto a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals. Their series is now tied at one. It was Brian Boyle, who finished with two helpers on the night, who set up the winner with this lovely assist:

No. 3 Star: Dion Phaneuf, Ottawa Senators

Phaneuf (three points) capped off a dramatic Senators comeback with his first career playoff overtime goal in a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins. The series is now even at one thanks to an Ottawa comeback that started in the third period with two goals in a 2:20 span from Chris Wideman and Derick Brassard. Just under two minutes into overtime, it was Phaneuf’s blast from the point that beat Tuukka Rask to grab the victory.

Honorable Mention: The Predators got goals from five different players. Four of the five (Ryan Ellis, Harry Zolnierczyk, Colton Sissons and Kevin Fiala) scored the first playoff goals of their careers … Ryan Johansen chipped in a goal and two assists … Clarke MacArthur scored the opening goal for the Senators. It was his first goal since April 19, 2015 … Frederik Andersen and Braden Holtby each stopped 47 shots … Alex Ovechkin set a Capitals franchise record with his 14th career postseason power play goal … Ryan Getzlaf’s centering pass deflected off Lance Bouma’s skate to give the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames. Getzlaf’s power play goal, which came with 4:46 left in the third period, was his second of the series. John Gibson stopped 35 of 37 shots faced. Anaheim now has a 2-0 lead in their series.

Did You Know? “Chicago was shut out in consecutive playoff games for the first time since it was blanked in three straight in April 2002 against St. Louis.” (AP)

Dishonorable Mention: Chicago has yet to score a goal through two games and have lost six straight going back to the regular season … Calgary has now lost 29 straight games in Anaheim and has never come back from a 2-0 deficit in a playoff series … Roman Polak will miss the rest of the season after this nasty landing:

Will Ryan Hartman get a similar punishment as Matt Calvert for this stick work on Craig Smith?

Craig Anderson will want a re-do on this one:

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