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Preds fall to NHL’s best team

The Chicago Blackhawks got run out of Bridgestone Arena the last time they visited Nashville back on November 16, losing by a 7-2 score to the Nashville Predators. Chicago wanted a better showing on Tuesday night against the Predators, and that’s exactly what they got.

Chicago defeated the Predators by a 3-1 score on Tuesday night, using goals from Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane and Nick Leddy and a solid performance in net from Antti Raanta to collect the two points.

Nashville’s lone goal of the game game on the power play in the first period when Shea Weber fired one past Raanta to tie the game at one after Keith had given the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead just 1:29 into the game. After Weber’s goal, it would be Chicago’s power play that would end up being the difference in the game. Their final two goals came via the man advantage.

“I think we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit tonight,” said Predators forward Patric Hornqvist. “We took too many bad penalties, and they’re a really high executing team. They have a lot of good players and they execute on their power play. That was the difference tonight.”

Kane’s goal on the power play was a wicked display of skill. It was a backhand shot on the rush the just fit right underneath the crossbar. It was a shot that not many other players in the NHL can pull off, and it gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead.

Leddy’s power play goal in the second period gave the Blackhawks a comfortable two-goal lead that they would never relinquish. Nashville had seven power play chances on the night, but they were only able to capitalize on the first power play opportunity. Chicago’s success on special teams proved to be the main difference in the game.

“They came up big on the power play and we didn’t, and that’s the game,” Hornqvist said. “We have to work on our power play and stay out of the box.”

With the win, the Blackhawks maintain sole ownership as the team with the most points in the NHL with 55. Nashville had won three games in a row coming into Tuesday night’s game against Chicago, but weren’t able to generate enough offensively to win the game. Nashville had 28 shots on goal, and only 14 of those shots came in 5-on-5 play.

Nashville will look to start a new streak now as they will travel to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night for the first time this season.

 
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