Rapid Reaction: Predators 2, Blackhawks 0

March, 23, 2014
3/23/14
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Powers By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Nashville Predators’ 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Sunday.

How it happened: The Predators got the best of the Blackhawks for the second time in nine days. The Predators built a 2-0 lead Sunday behind a first-period goal by Mike Fisher and a second-period goal by Gabriel Bourque. The Blackhawks were last shut out on Feb. 7. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 29 saves. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had 15 saves. The Blackhawks were 0-for-4 on the power play, and the Predators were 0-for-3. Predators defenseman Seth Jones left the game in the first period after suffering an upper-body injury.

What it means: The Blackhawks had their two-game winning streak snapped. They haven’t won three in a row since early December. They lost ground to the St. Louis Blues for first place in the Central Division. The Blackhawks fell to 41-16-15 with 97 points. The Blues defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday and improved to 48-16-7 with 103 points. The Blackhawks remained in second place as the Colorado Avalanche were idle. The Avalanche have played one less game than the Blackhawks and have 94 points. The Blackhawks fell to 10-12-3 in the Central and 1-3-0 against the Predators this season.

Player of the game: Rinne recorded his first shutout of the season.

Stat of the game: The Predators blocked 17 shots.

What’s next: The Blackhawks remain home for their fourth consecutive game and host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Kane
PTS GOALS AST +/-
51 22 29 9
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 22
AssistsP. Kane 29
+/-J. Toews 16
GAAC. Crawford 2.26