Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Craig Smith posted a goal and two assists
as the Nashville Predators thrashed the Chicago Blackhawks, 7-2, at
Shea Weber, Matt Cullen and Patric Hornqvist each posted a goal and an assist
for the Predators, who snapped a four-game slide. Marek Mazanec stopped 39
shots in the win.
"He's played well for us. We haven't given him support, offensively or
defensively. Tonight he was great and it's good to see him get his first win,"
said Weber on Mazanec.
Brandon Pirri and Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks, who had won four
straight. Nikolai Khabibulin gave up two goals on eight shots in the brief
start, while Corey Crawford allowed five goals on 22 shots in relief.
"It's tough losing to those guys. I thought it was a rough game for us. I
think when we scored that one in the third and they came back and scored right
away on that shift that pretty much said it all for that night," said
It was a season high in goals scored for Nashville, and a season high in goals
allowed for Chicago.
Nashville scored at 7:28 of the first period when Cullen tipped in a rebound
of a Smith shot on a 3-on-2 rush, and it was 2-0 less than a minute later on
Nick Spaling's wrister from the right circle.
Hornqvist's power-play goal at 9:02 of the second period came off a deflection
of a Roman Josi shot and Smith scored on a backhander with 1:42 to play in the
stanza for a 4-0 lead.
Kane scored at 18:44 of the second thanks to his wrister that beat Mazanec for
his 11th of the year, and Pirri's wrister at 6:14 of the third period cut
Nashville's lead to 4-2.
The Predators, though, got one back 15 seconds later as a 2-on-1 break saw
Gabriel Bourque pass it from the left side to the slot where Viktor Stalberg
backhanded it home.
Mike Fisher's goal at 12:19 made it a four-goal game and Weber's power-play
marker less than two minutes later capped the scoring.
Nashville continues its nine-game road trip in Detroit on Tuesday ... Chicago
hosts San Jose on Sunday ... Chicago had won six straight against Nashville,
including all five games last season ... Nashville went 2-for-5 on the power
play, while Chicago was 0-for-4.
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