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Monday, April 1, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 3, Predators 2

By Scott Powers



CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 shootout win over the Nashville Predators at the United Center on Monday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two periods, but the Predators fought back to tie the game in the third period and force overtime. The Predators’ David Legwand scored the first goal at 3:56 of the third period, and Taylor Beck evened the game with a goal at 7:26. Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane accounted for the Blackhawks’ regulation goals. Jonathan Toews and Michal Rozsival scored in the five-round shootout for the Blackhawks. Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford stopped four out of five shootout shots for the win. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 38 saves.

Player of the game: Rinne kept the Predators in the game. He stopped 17 shots in the second period alone.

What it means: The third period has been an area of concern for the Blackhawks recently. The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks recently defeated the Blackhawks by outplaying them in the third period. It was more of the same in Monday’s game. After outshooting the Predators 18-4 in the second period, the Blackhawks were outshot 15-9 in the final period. The Blackhawks improved to 27-5-3 and an NHL-best 57 points.

What’s next: The Blackhawks remain home to face the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. The Blackhawks are 2-0 against the Blues this season. They will play three times in April.