Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 5)

Chicago leads 3-1

Game 1: Sunday, November 17th
Game 2: Saturday, January 4th
Game 3: Sunday, January 12th
Game 4: Saturday, March 1st
Game 5: Thursday, March 27th

Blackhawks 3

(19-13-0, 45 pts)

Predators 3

(10-18-4, 31 pts)

8:00 PM ET, January 4, 2003

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 OT T
CHI 1 2 0 03
NSH 2 0 1 03

J. York (Predators - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

S. Hartnell (Predators - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

S. Berezin (Blackhawks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

York's late third-period goal help Preds earn tie

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jason York and the Nashville Predators made sure they had something to show for a strong start against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Jason York

York scored with 3:38 left in the third period to give the Predators a 3-3 tie with Chicago on Saturday night.

"We were determined in the third period that we were coming back and getting a point or the win,'' Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "Those were the only things the guys were focused on.

"Chicago was hanging on. They were holding, clutching and grabbing and doing all the illegal things.''

York beat goalie Jocelyn Thibault from the point.

"I wanted to get the shot high, shoot it quick and get it on net,'' York said. "After the second period we decided we weren't losing this one. Everybody was bearing down. For the last month we have been showing a lot more character in making comebacks.''

The Predators opened the scoring on Scott Hartnell's goal off a rebound 39 seconds into the first period, and Andreas Johansson made it 2-0 at 8:41. Johansson battled Chicago's Eric Daze down the left side of the slot, and got off a shot that bounced off defender Steve Poapst's skate and past Thibault.

Andrei Nikolishin cut the margin to a goal with 7:53 left in the first period, and Kyle Calder and Sergei Berezin scored in a 2:36 span midway through the second to give Chicago a 3-2 lead.

"They started the game 2-0 and we battled back,'' Thibault said. "Then it was 3-2 and I thought we had them. We knew they were going to be coming hard in the third period, but we let them off the hook with a lucky goal.''

Chicago coach Brian Sutter tried to tell his team what to expect in the third period.

"We knew Nashville was going to skate,'' Sutter said. "People don't believe it, but they've got a good skating team. We knew what was going to happen and it happened.''

The Blackhawks outshot the Predators 7-3 in the overtime, but couldn't beat Tomas Vokoun.

"Overtime is always tough,'' Vokoun said. "With four-on-four hockey there are always chances. We've got to go for the wins because we need the points.''

Game notes

Nashville's Scott Walker left the game in the first period because of a sore neck. ... Vokoun tied his own club record for consecutive starts, set from Oct. 31 through Nov. 30, 2000, with his 15th. ... The Blackhawks stretched their unbeaten string when they lead after two periods to 54 games (46-0-8). ... Chicago's Nathan Dempsey has a goal and five assists in his last four games.

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