Patrick Kane's streak hits 23 as Chicago Blackhawks top Nashville Predators

By Scott Powers, The Sports Xchange

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane added another special puck to his collection during Chicago's 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Kane is keeping a puck from each game as he extends his franchise-record point streak. The puck he gathered Tuesday was unique because it not only furthered his streak to 23 games, but it also represented his 600th career NHL point.


"I probably wouldn't have kept tonight except it was (my) 600th point as well," said Kane, who has 14 goals and 23 assists during the streak. "It was something you'll keep, too."

Kane sealed the Blackhawks' victory by scoring an empty-net goal with 1:36 remaining in the third period.

Left winger Teuvo Teravainen gave Chicago (15-9-4) some breathing room 14 seconds into the third period when he scored from the right circle to put the Blackhawks ahead 3-1. Teravainen had a goal and an assist on the night.


The Predators (14-9-5) had moved in striking distance when they trimmed the Blackhawks' lead to 2-1 with 46 seconds remaining in the second period. Left winger Eric Nystrom provided the goal off a pass from defenseman Roman Josi at the net.

The Predators tried plenty, but they couldn't get any more than that one goal past Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford. He stopped 10-plus shots in each of the periods and finished with 36 saves on 37 shots.

"(Crawford) was great," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "He was spectacular. We gave up high quality tonight. We haven't given up that kind of quality all year. First period, (he) kept us in there, and (he was) great in the second, some big saves in the third. So, he was in it all alone on a lot of them, which is unusual for us. But he was spectacular."

The Predators were frustrated with the result. Coming off a 3-2 road win in which they dominated play against the Boston Bruins on Monday, Nashville felt it put together another solid performance Tuesday.

Tuesday's game marked the end of a 1-1-1 road trip for the Predators. They are 6-6-3 on the road this season.


"We are going through a bit of a tough stretch right now," Predators defenseman Seth Jones. "It's not due to lack of effort, I think, or guys not giving it their all. It's just kind of the way it's going right now. The ball keeps getting bigger and bigger right now. We have to find a way to stop it, stop the momentum."

Chicago right winger Andrew Shaw joined Teravainen with a two-point game. Shaw gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal at 14:15 of the second period. He also had an assist.

The Blackhawks, who went 1-for-3 on the power play, have scored a power-play goal in eight of the past 10 games.

Chicago center Dennis Rasmussen made his NHL debut and scored on his third shift to put Chicago ahead 1-0 at 10:45 of the first period. Rasmussen tipped a shot from Shaw past Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Rinne made 20 saves on 23 shots and endured a seventh loss in his last eight games.

Predators coach Peter Laviolette didn't hold Rinne responsible for the team's recent woes.


"He's been fine," Laviolette said. "This is a team business. There's always things we can do better, five-on-four, four-on-five, power play, penalty kill. There's always things we can do better as a group. ... Everybody's responsible."

Nashville was 0-for-2 on the power play after scoring five power-play goals in its previous two games.

NOTES: Blackhawks D Trevor Daley sat out due to an upper-body injury. He was hurt during a collision against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. D David Rundblad replaced him in the Blackhawks' lineup. ... Blackhawks C Dennis Rasmussen made his NHL debut. He was recalled from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL on Monday. ... Predators C Mike Fisher missed his fourth consecutive game with a lower-body injury. ... Nashville LW Colin Wilson did not participate in warmups and was scratched from the lineup. He played 18:22 against the Boston Bruins on Monday. LW Austin Watson replaced him. ... The Blackhawks and Predators will play again in Nashville on Thursday. They face each other five times this season. The Blackhawks took three of their four regular-season meetings last season.

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