How it happened: Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa scored the game-winner on a 4-on-3 power play in overtime. It was the Blackhawks’ second power-play goal of the game after having not scored on the power play in their previous nine games. The Predators’ Bobby Butler tied the game at 4-4 with a goal with 3:34 remaining in the third period. Michal Handzus, Duncan Keith, Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane also scored for the Blackhawks. Matt Halischuk had two goals for the Predators.
Player of the game: Hossa scored his team-leading sixth game-winning goal of the season.
What it means: The Blackhawks extended their winning streak to seven games and their points streak to 10 games. They improved to 34-5-4 with 72 points on the season. They defeated the Predators in all five meetings this season.
What’s next: The Blackhawks remain in Chicago to face the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday. The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 6-4 and 6-2 in their two previous meetings this season.