NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kevin Fiala slipped a backhander past Corey Crawford at 16:44 of overtime early Tuesday morning, and the Nashville Predators overcame a 2-0, third-period deficit to post a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks and take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the teams' first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Denied on two point-blank chances earlier in overtime, Fiala didn't make a mistake with the final one, potting his second goal of the series off James Neal's slick backhand pass.

Crawford stopped 46 shots in the defeat, while Pekka Rinne made 34 saves for Nashville.

The series resumes Thursday night in Bridgestone Arena with Game 4 as the Predators try for what would be a stunning sweep of the conference's top regular-season team.

Filip Forsberg erased Chicago's two-goal third period lead by himself. First, he pounced on the rebound of Viktor Arvidsson's shot for his first goal of the series at 4:24, injecting life into a sellout crowd that was silenced by the Blackhawks' second-period surge.

Forsberg then flicked home a wrister from the slot at 14:08, jumping on the carom of Ryan Ellis' point blast. The Blackhawks challenged on the basis of goaltender interference, but Arvidsson's contact on Crawford occurred outside the crease.

The main storyline coming into this series was the play of Rinne, who posted shutouts in the first two games and even kicked in a pair of assists in a 5-0 victory in Game 2. But Rinne's streak of 141:05 without giving up a goal, the fourth-longest streak at the start of a series in league history, ended 65 seconds into the second period.

Dennis Rasmussen set up shop at the top of the crease and Marcus Kruger fed him from behind the net. Rasmussen's backhander eluded Rinne and the Blackhawks owned their first lead of the series.

Patrick Kane made it 2-0 at 11:15 of the second with Ryan Ellis in the penalty box for delay of game. Kane beat Rinne with a wrister from the right faceoff circle for the 50th playoff goal of his career, pumping his right fist along the ice Tiger Woods-style and shouting in joy.

NOTES: Chicago shuffled line combinations again for Game 3, with LW Nick Schmaltz going on the first line with C Jonathan Toews and RW Marian Hossa. RW Richard Panik and LW Ryan Hartman were dropped to the third and fourth lines, respectively. ... Nashville LW Colin Wilson (lower-body injury) sat out his third straight game. ... The Blackhawks scratched D Michal Kempny, LW Andrew Desjardins, LW Tomas Jurco, G Jeff Glass, D Michal Roszival, LW John Hayden, D Gustav Forsling and Vinnie Hinostroza. ... Predators scratches were D Anthony Bitetto, RW PA Parenteau, RW Miikka Salomaki, D Brad Hunt, LW Cody McLeod and LW Vernon Fiddler.