The Nashville Predators just did the unthinkable.

The Predators were looking to make history by completing their first ever sweep in franchise history and that is exactly what they did on Thursday night as they dominated the Blackhawks 4-1.

Pekka Rinne was stellar in net as he stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced while the team in front of him played a complete game to complete a stunning series sweep over Chicago.

The Predators came out of the gates flying, as expected, and really didn’t take their foot off of the gas for the entire first period. Nashville dominated play from the opening faceoff.

Just 24 seconds into the game the Predators found themselves on the man advantage as Kevin Fiala was hooked by Duncan Keith on a partial breakaway. While the Preds were unable to score on the powerplay, they did create a number of chances.

The Predators were gifted another power play opportunity with just over three minutes left in the first frame, but the ‘Hawks kept them from lighting the lamp.

Nashville managed 26 total shot attempts in the first period compared to Chicago’s nine.

The Preds carried their momentum into the second period and were able to completely put the Blackhawks in the ropes thanks to Roman Josi finding the back of the net.

The Swiss defenseman received a feed from Ryan Ellis and squeezed one past Corey Crawford with 10:19 left in the period to give the Predators a 1-0 lead.

The Blackhawks didn’t fold after the tally and pressed in a major way, but after 40 minutes of play the Predators held a 1-0 advantage. The PredsĀ and Blackhawks each had 20 shots on net after two periods.

Chicago clearly wanted to send a message that it wasn’t going to go away quietly and Duncan Keith was able to relay that message in a major way just seconds into the third period with a massive hit on Viktor Arvidsson.

Arvidsson stayed in the game and him and his teammates made a statement of their own just moments later.

With just over 11 minutes left in the game Colton Sissons sent a shot off the post that landed on Crawford’s pad and ended up in the back of the net to give Nashville a 2-0 lead.

Here is a look at Crawford throwing the puck in.

The Predators’ imaginative foot was nearing the Blackhawks throat and less than two minutes later their foot was all over Chicago’s throat as Josi netted his second of the night on a beautiful tic-tac-toe play between himself, Austin Watson and and Sissons.

The Blackhawks were able to avoid the shutout as Jonathan Toews scored on the power play after Sissons was handed a double-minor, but the Preds regained their three goal lead just a bit later.

Arvidsson was gifted the puck with 1:48 left in regulation and buried the puck into the empty net to give Nashville the sweep.

This was an unbelievable, unthinkable series. The Predators just swept the top team in the Western Conference. Nobody saw this coming, which makes it even sweeter for Nashville.

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