Chicago Black­hawks win 3OT thriller against the Preda­tors

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Chicago won a triple over­time thriller against Nashville 3-2 on Thurs­day — the long­est game in Preda­tors his­tory — to give the Black­hawks a 3-1 lead in their NHL first-round play­off se­ries.

Cal­gary also went up 3-1 in its all-Canadian se­ries against Van­cou­ver, Wash­ing­ton squared its se­ries against the New York Is­lan­ders at 2-2 with an over­time victory, and Detroit went up 2-1 against Tampa Bay.

Chicago’s Brent Seabrook scored on a boom­ing slap shot 1 minute into the third over­time to fi­nally set­tle the marathon con­test.

Seabrook’s long drive beat a screened Nashville goal­tender Pekka Rinne on the 100th shot of the game.

Rookie goalie Scott Dar­ling made 50 saves for the Black­hawks, who can close out the Preda­tors with a win in Nashville on Thurs­day.

Colin Wil­son and James Neal scored for Nashville, which car­ried a 2-1 lead into the third pe­riod. Rinne fin­ished with 45 stops.

The first over­time fea­tured a mem­o­rable duel be­tween Rinne, who found some of the magic he had dur­ing Nashville’s strong start to the sea­son, and Dar­ling, who was mak­ing his sec­ond ca­reer post­sea­son start.

Cal­gary’s Jiri Hudler had a goal and an as­sist as the Flames beat Van­cou­ver 3-1.

Johnny Gau­dreau scored his first play­off goal and 18-year-old rookie Sam Bennett had his sec- ond in as many games.

Den­nis Wide­man had a pair of as­sists for the Flames, who split the first two games of the se­ries in Van­cou­ver be­fore back-to-back wins at home.

Goal­tender Jonas Hiller made 28 saves for the win.

Cap­tain Hen­rik Sedin scored for the Canucks. Starter Ed­die Lack was pulled af­ter giv­ing up three goals on seven shots in the first pe­riod. Ryan Miller turned away the 15 he faced in re­lief.

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