CHICAGO (AP) -- After regularly misfiring earlier this season,
Steve Sullivan is starting to click.
In his last six games, Sullivan has five goals and two assists.
In his first 11 games, he had two goals and four assists.
"I was getting the chances, but they just weren't going in,''
Sullivan said. "You've just got to stick with it and not get
frustrated, but get mad and bear down.''
Sullivan played right wing on a line with Alex Zhamnov at center
and Eric Daze on left wing. Zhamnov had a goal and two assists.
"Alex can see the ice as well as anyone,'' Sullivan said.
"With Alex you just have to get in the open and he'll see you. I
just have to time my speed so I can be at full speed when I get the
Besides scoring on a wraparound Sunday, Sullivan converted a
shorthanded breakaway that was set up by Zhamnov's long pass.
Although Zhamnov leads the Blackhawks with 17 points. His goal
was only his second this season and first in 15 games.
Nashville rookie Vernon Fiddler had his first NHL goal and
assist. Clarke Wilm also had a goal and an assist for the
Predators, who are winless in four games (0-3-1) and have scored
only five goals in that span.
"It's always nice to get your first couple of points,'' Fiddler
said. "It would have been a lot better if it would have gotten us
the point, but I think if we keep our heads up and keep working,
the breaks will come our way.''
Sullivan opened the scoring 5:26 into the first period. He
skated from behind the net and wrapped the puck just inside the
Mironov's fluke power-play goal at 8:03 gave Chicago a 2-0 lead.
His dump-in from center ice took an odd bounce off the right
side glass and caromed into an empty net. Vokoun had skated behind
the net to play the puck and couldn't recover in time.
Fiddler cut it to 2-1 at 7:31 of the second by backhanding in a
loose rebound from the edge of the crease as he tumbled to the ice.
Zhamnov made it 3-1 just 58 seconds later. His 50-foot shot from
the top of the slot slipped between Vokoun's pads.
Nashville coach Barry Trotz replaced Vokoun with Dunham at 10:10
of the period.
Sullivan extended Chicago's lead to 4-1 with 8:55 left in the
third with his shorthanded breakaway goal.
Wilm jammed in a loose puck from the crease 16 seconds later to
cut it to 4-2.
Nashville D Kimmo Timonen missed the game because of a
bruised ankle. He's day-to-day. ... The Predators recalled C Greg
Classen and RW Darren Haydar from Milwaukee of the AHL. Haydar made
his NHL debut. ... Zhamnov has a goal and six assists in six games.
... Sullivan has three goals and an assist in three games. ... The
Blackhawks begin a seven-game road trip Tuesday at Edmonton. They
don't play at home again until Dec. 4.