Defensemen Dan Hamhuis and Cody Franson scored 57 seconds apart in the third period, but the Nashville Predators allowed a goal with 43.4 seconds to go in a 5-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday at Chicago.
The Predators overcame rallied from two goals down when Hamhuis scored with 4:22 remaining and Franson followed with an unassisted tally with 3:25 to go.
Patrick Kane got the game-winner for the Blackhawks, who became the first team this season to beat the Predators after trailing at the start of the third period.
With the defeat, Nashville lost the season series 4-2 to Chicago and fell eight points back in the Central Division standings.
Marcel Goc and Martin Erat scored in the opening minutes of the first and second periods, respectively, but Nashville fell behind when Chicago scored three straight – the first two by forward John Madden – in a span of 6:53 of the third.
Madden’s second gave Chicago its first lead with 7:48 to go, 5:32 after he tied it on a breakaway. Both were scored less than a minute after the Predators successfully killed off penalties. The Blackhawks then got a power play goal from defenseman Brian Campbell and made it 4-2/
Goc and Erat have been two of the Predators’ most productive forwards in recent weeks. Each managed to get on the board despite the fact that Nashville was limited to six shots in each of the first two periods and 20 for the game.
Erat’s goal, which made it 2-1 47 seconds into the second period, was his team-leading 14th. It also gave him two goals in as many days against the Blackhawks and 10 in December.
Goc got his third in the last five games and his seventh of the season (one short of his career-high) 1:35 into the contest.
The Predators have lost three straight overall and two in a row on the road. They have allowed at least four goals in each of those three.
Their next two are away from home – Tuesday at St. Louis and Thursday at Columbus.
• Nashville forward Patric Hornqvist was named to Sweden’s team for the 2010 Olympics at Vancouver.
Hornqvist is one of four forwards who were not a part of Sweden’s gold medal effort at the 2006 games. He has 11 goals and eight assists in 38 appearances for the Predators this season.