Two-third period goals enough to get Predators one point

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 12:04am

CHICAGO — Defenseman Michal Rozsival scored in the fifth round of shootout after Jonathan Toews also connected in the tiebreaker, and the Chicago Blackhawks pulled out a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Monday.

Rozsival, who hasn't scored a goal this season, beat Pekka Rinne with a high shot in his first attempt in a shootout this season.

Chicago's Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 19th goal and rookie Brandon Saad scored in regulation to help the Blackhawks win their second straight.

The Predators were outshot 27-11 through the first two periods, but stormed back in the third to erase a 2-0 deficit on goals by Dave Legwand and rookie Taylor Beck and force overtime.

Craig Smith scored in the second round of the shootout for Nashville, but the Predators dropped their third straight (0-1-2)

Chicago's Corey Crawford made 25 saves.

Rinne was sharp for a second straight game, stopping 38 shots through overtime.

Nashville lost 1-0 in overtime in its previous game on Saturday, with Rinne stopping 23 shots.

Chicago center Dave Bolland and Nashville left wing Gabriel Bourque left Monday's game with injuries.

Bolland originally went to the dressing room briefly midway through the first period after blocking a shot by Nashville defenseman Shea Weber. Following a faceoff in the Chicago zone, Weber's drive from the point struck Bolland in the abdomen, but he returned minutes later for two more shifts in the first.

Bolland then left again following two shifts in the second.

The Predators said Bourque suffered an upper-body injury.

Also, Nashville center Mike Fisher missed his second game with upper-body injury. Prior to being sidelined, he had an eight-game point streak (five goals, four assists), his longest as a Predator.



3 Comments on this post:

By: Lorenzo on 4/2/13 at 11:41

Since the Preds continue to fill their roster with smaller players they need an enforcer on the ice every game. Without such a player they will continue to lose their few goal scorers to injury by hockey punks such as Dan Carcillo, Andrew Shaw, Justin Falk, and Theo Peckham.

By: BigPapa on 4/2/13 at 12:47

Good thing they gave that one guy $100M.

By: fan13 on 4/2/13 at 3:51

Adding an enforcer only guarantees that when ever he's on the ice your team will have the opportunity to play 1 player short while he sits in the box for fighting. The Preds consistently want to play in a Nieman-Marcus game while shopping at WalMart.
Suter had it right when he left...when a team pays 2 players almost 2 million $$ they don't have a budget left to pay big strong talented players so those 2 players essentially play ALONE. No back up, no depth on the bench, no exceptional talent.