This time there was no comeback.
Sergei Kostitsyn scored a third-period power-play goal but it was not nearly enough as the Nashville Predators lost 4-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday at the United Center.
The Predators won the two previous meetings this season with the 2010 Stanley Cup champions — both when they rallied in the final 20 minutes. They came from one down for a 3-2 victory in Chicago on Oct. 13, and overcame a one-goal deficit and won 4-3 in a shootout at home on Nov. 13.
Chicago took a two-goal lead into the third period of this one and extended that margin to 3-0 when Jack Skille scored his second goal of the contest, this one with 10:46 to play.
Kostitsyn scored 1:59 later, just 10 seconds into Nashville’s second — and last — power play of the contest.
The Predators nearly got within one with 2:42 remaining, but J.P. Dumont’s backhand shot went off the post. Ten seconds later, the Blackhawks put the game out of reach when Bryan Bickell scored.
Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne was activated from injured reserve but did not play.
Rookie Anders Lindback started his ninth consecutive contest and lost for the second straight time. He allowed more than three goals for just the second time as the Predators were outshot 35-25.
Six of Nashville’s shots came from forward Patric Hornqvist, who also returned from injury.
The Predators play the Ottawa Senators 7 p.m. Thursday at Bridgestone Arena.