Predators beat Blackhawks 4-1 to complete sweep

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The goal was ruled good.

Artturi Lehkonen and Brendan Gallagher got Montreal out to a 2-1 lead in the first period.

Dubnyk's second playoff shutout came nearly two years to the day of his first, also against the Blues on April 20, 2015.

"I'm completely disappointed", Bowman said in a rare prepared opening remark. This is unacceptable to be where we are today. I am frustrated. I am angry.

"We're going to conduct a thorough review and see where it takes us", he said. "There will be change moving forward; change comes in many different ways".

Toews tried to sum up the level of disappointment.

The players shared the frustration and disappointment Bowman and Quenneville displayed off the bat.

When asked if starting netminder Corey Crawford would be back next season, Bowman wouldn't commit to anything - meaning that while it's unlikely, the Blackhawks could look to move their long-standing starter elsewhere to clear more much-needed cap space and potentially turn to Darling. You know P.K. Subban (27), but Roman Josi (26) is the heart of this defense, and he pairs with Ryan Ellis (26) to form one the best top pairings in the league.

Hawks winger Patrick Kane noted why this year's early exit feels worse than last year's.

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The series will start Wednesday at Scottrade Center, with Game 2 on Friday. "That's no easy thing to do, sweep the Blackhawks. It's a bitter taste".

And the message through his irritation was clear - change is coming to the Blackhawks. "We'll leave that up to the management". "So it's just kind of a relief to win it". They were trying to prove a point. We've got a lot of respect for them. "Shift after shift, game after game, they come". "That's something I'm obviously well aware of, and no better moment than a game like tomorrow", Toews said after Wednesday's practice. "We played really good hockey and beat a really good team". We are in this together and playing for each other. "That gave us problems". Pekka Rinne, who made 30 saves in the finale, virtually shut them down the whole series. Beyond that, Bowman said in somber and exasperated tones that he would not rule making sweeping changes to next season's roster if that was what an internal review of the season concluded.

Both teams played well last week. I promise you this, the next round will be harder than this one. The two teams had previously met up in 2015, where they had a six game series that opened with a double-overtime game and included a triple-overtime game. "Everybody has to look in the mirror". "But it's a great feeling, and I think organization-wise too, it goes pretty high up there".

"I think we're missing what we had all year and it showed". There will of course be some changes that occur due to contracts and this year, the Blackhawks can expect to lose at least one player to the Las Vegas Golden Knights. They were all over the ice. Just not the way many would have predicted when the series started a week ago. "They're a great team, but this is so much fun to beat them".

There will be no second-round reckoning against their archnemesis for the Minnesota Wild, no chance to exorcise demons from Chicago ousting them three consecutive postseasons from 2013-15. "But at the end of the day, it's not a huge difference for me". All of which fuels how the Stanley Cup playoffs have become professional sports' ultimate free-for-all.

"I don't want to go anywhere". I enjoy it here and it's fun.

"Yeah, that's the plan". Now it's just a little bit of rest and getting ready for the next series.

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