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Pekka Rinne was great again. Ryan Johansen had a big night, and Nashville got a lift from a couple of unlikely scorers.
The Predators are singing a sweet tune on their way home to Music City, threatening to play the Chicago Blackhawks right out of the postseason.
Rinne made 30 saves in his second straight shutout and picked up two assists, helping Nashville rout host Chicago — the Western Conference’s top seed — 5-0 on Saturday for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
Game 3 is Monday in Nashville.
“Character win the first one, and then tonight played a really solid game,” Rinne said.
Johansen had a goal and two assists as Nashville added a dominant performance to its taut 1-0 victory in Game 1 on Thursday night.
Ryan Ellis, Harry Zolnierczyk, Colton Sissons and Kevin Fiala each scored their first career playoff goal.
The Predators became the fifth team in NHL history to begin a postseason with consecutive road shutouts and the first since 2001.
“A lot of guys played great hockey out there,” Ellis said. “We got the result we wanted, but we’ve got a lot of work left to do and it doesn’t stop here.”
Maple Leafs 4, Capitals 3: Kasperi Kapanen scored his second goal of the game 11:53 into the second overtime and Frederik Andersen made 47 saves as Toronto tied up the Eastern Conference series at a game apiece.
Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson and Nicklas Backstrom scored for the host Capitals, the East’s top seed. Braden Holtby made 48 saves before being beaten on the overtime winner.
Game 3 is Monday in Toronto.
The Maple Leafs’ first playoff victory since 2013 also included a loss, as defenseman Roman Polak left in the second period after his right leg bent the wrong way as he landed after a hit from Brooks Orpik.
Senators 4, Bruins 3: Dion Phaneuf scored at 1:59 of overtime and host Ottawa rallied to beat Boston and tie the East series 1-1.
The Senators erased a 3-1 deficit with a two-goal third period to force overtime, and then started overtime with a man advantage as the Bruins took a delay-of-game penalty with 12.5 seconds remaining in regulation.
Game 3 is Monday in Boston.
Clarke MacArthur, Chris Wideman and Derick Brassard also scored for the Senators and Craig Anderson made 26 saves.
Drew Stafford, Tim Schaller and Patrice Bergeron scored for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots.
Calvert suspended: Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert was suspended one game for his cross-check of Pittsburgh forward Tom Kuhnhackl late in the third period of Friday’s Game 2 loss to the Penguins. Calvert will miss Game 3 on Sunday. Calvert received a minor penalty for cross-checking when he chased down Kuhnhackl away from the play and hit him in the head with his stick, which broke in the process.