The Fangover: Blackhawks snap Preds 3 game win streak

We all knew the Nashville Predators' overachieving play had to come to an end sometime, and that sometime for Tuesday night. The Chicago Blackhawks snapped Nashville's three-game win streak at Bridgestone Arena, winning by a score of 3-1.

Chicago opened up the scoring just 1:29 into the game with Duncan Keith's slap-shot past Carter Hutton. Predators' captain Shea Weber responded with Nashville's only goal of the night at 3:03 in the first period. After Weber's power play goal, the Predators would be unsuccessful on six other man advantage opportunities, finishing the night one-for-seven with fourteen PP shots on net.

Patrick Kane gave his Chicago club the 2-1 lead before the first intermission at 16:14 on the power play. A give-and-go with Patrick Sharp gave Kane enough room to cut towards the net and score a back-hander over Hutton's shoulder and in for the game-winner.

Despite going leaving the first period down a goal, Nashville was getting confident in the opportunities they were creating. However, the Predators lost their game in the second and third periods. After putting seventeen shots on Antti Raanta in the opening period, the Preds shot on net four in the second and seven in the third, for a grand total of twenty-eight. 

It was simply a tale of two teams for Nashville.

At 11:33 in the second, Nick Leddy added an insurance goal on the power play that had to be reviewed initially. Leddy picked up the rebound and went scored top shelf over Hutton's shoulder. Chicago ended the night two-for-five on the power play, enough to earn a road victory. 

Tuesday night was Nashville's first time in twenty-one games they've allowed multiple power play goals in a game.

Postgame Thoughts

– It was a night a special teams. Nashville and Chicago combined for twelve minor penalties. The Blackhawks were more successful, going 2/5, but even that was an acceptable stat for the penalty killers. Great coaching by Joel Quenneville mid-game caught the Predators off guard. On their first PP opportunity where they scored, the Blackhawks gave Nashville all the space for the defensemen to shoot. The very next chance, Chicago's PK pressured more and made the Preds feel uncomfortable. The lack of adjustment by Barry Trotz costed the game.

– To continue with the special teams topic, Nashville was inexcusably called for the too many men on the ice minor not once, but twice. That shouldn't even be a penalty taken anyway, but when it happens twice, that's atrocious. 

– Patrick Kane's goal was the dirtiest thing I've seen this season. Not too many players can shoot as accurately as he can, nevertheless on the backhand. It was the right night to impress with Team USA GM David Poile overlooking the action. I am excited to root for Kaner in February when he plays for the Americans in Sochi.



Scoring Summary

CHI – 1-0 | Duncan Keith – Hossa and Toews at 1:29 in the 1st

NSH – 1-1 | PP Shea Weber – Josi and Legwand at 3:03 in the 1st

CHI – 1-2 | PP Patrick Kane – Sharp and Keith at 16:14 in the 1st

CHI – 1-3 | PP NIck Leddy – Saad and Seabrook at 11:33 in the 2nd

Goaltending Stats

NSH: Carter Hutton (L) – 24 saves on 27 shots; played 57:59

CHI: Antti Raanta (W) –  27 saves on 28 shots; played 59:57

My Three Stars

1. Patrick Kane: Goal 

2. Duncan Keith: Goal and Assist

3. Antti Raanta: 27 saves in the Win

Line Up Report

Predators scratches: Ekholm, Bourque and Mazanec

Predators starters: Spaling, Legwand, Hornqvist, Klein, Bartley and Hutton

Blackhawks scratches: Kostka, Roszival and Crawford

Blackhawks starters: Versteeg, Handzus, Kane, Oduya, Hjalmarsson and Raanta

Game Summary

Roster Report

Event Summary

Time on Ice – NSH

Time on Ice – CHI

Faceoffs Report