Hartnell scores 1st NHL hat trick, Preds blank Blackhawks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Scott Hartnell had his first NHL hat
trick in Nashville's 6-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on
Saturday night, and then promptly tipped his hat to Predators
goalie Tomas Vokoun.

Vokoun made 40 saves for his second shutout of the season and
the 14th of his career.

"Tomas played remarkably,"' said Hartnell, who also had an
assist. "Without him, who knows what the score would have been."

The Predators scored four goals in the first period, chasing
goalie Adam Munro after the third goal. Craig Anderson was in net
the rest of the way for Chicago.

Greg Johnson spotted Hartnell skating low through the slot and
passed him the puck for the first goal of the game at 8:37. Less
than 1{ minutes later, Yanic Perreault poked the puck by Munro from
the left side of the net.

Johnson made it a 3-0 game at 12:03 with a wrist shot from the
slot that beat Munro, who gave up three goals on seven shots.

Anderson allowed the fourth goal of the period on the power play
as Hartnell tipped the puck in from the left side of the net.

"Things came to us real easy in the first period," Nashville
coach Barry Trotz said. ``It is a little bit of human nature to let
your foot off the gas a bit after a start like that. When a game is
so easy at the start it is a hard game to play."

Martin Erat gave the Predators a 5-0 lead at 4:40 of the third
period, going over Anderson's left shoulder for the goal.

Hartnell scored his third goal, his second on the power play,
with 1:25 to play, beating Anderson with a high shot.

"It's cool to do this," Hartnell said. "I didn't think it
would happen in this game. I've had a lot of two-goal games. You
always wonder if you are ever going to do it. Getting three goals
in an NHL game might be a once in a lifetime thing, but getting the
win is so much more important."

Neither team scored in the second period as Chicago outshot
Nashville 14-2. The Blackhawks also had 21 shots in the third.

"Obviously, I want to look at the fact that we did generate
some chances," Chicago coach Trent Yawney said. "We just didn't
finish some of them off. Vokoun made some big stops. It just goes
to show you what good goaltending does for a team."

Vokoun improved to 27-11-5 this season.

"I play to win and that is about it," Vokoun said. "My job is
to stop the puck. I can't control anything else."

Game notes
The Predators recalled Jordin Tootoo, who played against
Chicago. ... Perreault scored his 20th goal of the season. ... Erat
has a four-game point scoring streak with two goals and two assists
and nine points in his last nine games (six goals, three assists).
... The Predators have not allowed a power-play goal in their last
three games, killing off 19 straight.