Rapid Reaction: Hawks 5, Predators 4

October, 31, 2011
10/31/11
10:29
PM CT
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-4 overtime victory over the Nashville Predators on Monday night at the United Center.

How it happened: A see-saw affair ended when Viktor Stalberg got the game-winner for the Hawks 2:18 into overtime. Despite all the goals, neither team led by more than one at any point. The Blackhawks trailed three different times, then tied the game and took the lead for the first time late in the third only to give it back. They had seven chances on the power play, including 5-on-3 tries, but weren’t able to score. Patrick Kane was magnificent with the puck, getting points on the Hawks’ first three goals while scoring twice. Bryan Bickell and Nick Leddy had the other tallies for the Hawks.

What it means: It wasn’t the prettiest of games and the Hawks had to play half of it without Duncan Keith. He left halfway through after an apparent hand injury. It’s amazing the Hawks have the record they do with a power play that is now 4 for 45 on the season. Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne was fantastic during the penalty kills, but the Hawks didn’t hit the net as much as they should have. Kane was simply a magician with the puck, either scoring or setting up teammates.

What’s next: The Hawks leave for Florida with their dads in tow on Tuesday morning. They’ll practice there the next few days before taking on the Panthers and Lightning on Thursday and Friday.

Jesse Rogers | email

Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Kane
PTS GOALS AST +/-
16 7 9 -2
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 7
AssistsP. Kane 9
+/-K. Versteeg 6
GAAC. Crawford 1.97