We're not sure what was more surprising heading into Monday night's playoff games, the fact that the Leafs and Capitals were tied 1-1 or the fact that the Predators had a 2-0 series lead over the Blackhawks.

Chicago dominated the season series and failed to score a goal in the first two games of the playoff series on home ice, which is shocking to say the least.

Speaking of shocking and surprising, the Predators had a surprise of their own for fans before puck drop as Carrie Underwood came out to sing the national anthem, and she did an outstanding job.

There's no better way to kick off a playoff game in Nashville.  Underwood's performance somehow got the building even more fired up.

The Predators couldn't keep the Hawks off the scoreboard in Game 3, but they did erase a 2-0 deficit to win it in overtime and take a 3-0 series lead, which Underwood loved.



#Predators take commanding 3-0 series lead over #Blackhawks with 3-2 win in OT #StanleyCup

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Aside from being one game away from the second round, the win was also significant from a historical standpoint.

Nashville will try and end the series Thursday night at home.

(H/T: NHL)