Blackhawks Game Notes For Thursday @ Nashville | Wgn-tv

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Neal’s hat trick lifts Predators past Chicago 3-2 | The Journal Gazette

The Blackhawks have outscored opponents, 15-7, in their first five contests tied with the Lightning for the second-best goal-differential in the league (Anaheim is +10). * The Predators beat the Coyotes, 4-3, in a shootout on Tuesday, and have now tallied at least one point in each of their first six games of 2014-15 (4-0-2 record). Dating to March 30 last season, Nashville is 10-0-3 in its last 13 tilts overall the longest point streak in franchise history. * Nashville lost, 2-1, in overtime to the Blackhawks in these clubs first meeting of the season, and has taken at least one point from four straight games vs. Chicago overall (3-0-1 record). These two teams have split their last 10 games at Bridgestone Arena, each skating off with five wins. * Antti Raanta filled in admirably for the injured Corey Crawford Tuesday, recording a shutout in his first appearance of the 2014-15 season, and garnering first-star accolades for his performance. With Crawford out for at least two more games (upper body), the Blackhawks called up Scott Darling (0 career NHL games) to serve as backup to Raanta. * Patrick Kane lit the lamp twice in Tuesdays victory, recording just the second multi-goal performance in his last 39 regular-season games overall (also February 3, 2014 at the Kings). Kane has seven markers in his last 10 skates vs. the Preds. * Ryan Ellis had a goal and two assists Tuesday, earning first-star honors, and recording his first career three-point game with the performance. source: http://wgntv.com/2014/10/23/blackhawks-game-notes-for-thursday-nashville/

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The defending Stanley Cup champions didn’t win more than five in a row at home at any time last season. Tyler Toffoli and Dwight King also scored for the Kings. Jonathan Quick made 22 saves. Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky, who was trying for his 100th NHL victory, stopped 22 shots. Defenseman Tim Erixon scored his first NHL goal, and Mark Letestu also scored for the Blue Jackets. JETS 2, AVALANCHE 1, OT WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Bryan Little scored at 4:35 of overtime, lifting Winnipeg over Colorado. Little redirected Andrew Ladd’s backhander past Semyon Varlamov for his fifth goal of the season. Ladd also had the game’s first goal. Ondrej Pavelec made 22 saves. Jamie McGinn scored for Colorado. source: http://www.newstribune.com/news/2014/oct/26/sundays-nhl-capsules/

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With Chicago trailing 3-1, Shaw tipped a rebound past goalie Pekka Rinne at 12:36 of the third. That gave Chicago fans making the trip down for the game a reason to get loud again. The Blackhawks pulled goalie Antti Raanta for the extra attacker. Rinne gloved the puck out of the air with 1:18 left with Shaw trying to score. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville took his timeout, but the Blackhawks couldn’t beat Rinne despite outshooting Nashville 32-27. The Blackhawks left goalie Corey Crawford at home for this two-game road swing because of an upper body injury, and Raanta got his second straight start. The Predators outshot Chicago early with a flurry of action in front of Raanta. But Smith flipped a wrister over Rinne’s outstretched leg off a rebound at 12:21 for a 1-0 lead for the Blackhawks. Nashville failed to take advantage of a power play when Marcus Kruger went to the box for high-sticking Colin Wilson , but defenseman Seth Jones found Neal with a nice cross-ice pass. Neal beat Raanta stick-side, tying it 1-1 in the final minute of the period. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/gametracker/recap/NHL_20141023_CHI@NSH

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Neals hat trick lifts Predators past Chicago 3-2 Teresa M. Walker | Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. James Neal scored a natural hat trick on his bobble head night, and the Nashville Predators edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Thursday night to become the last NHL team still unbeaten in regulation this season. The two Central Division rivals came in as the only teams yet to lose in regulation. They played into overtime six nights earlier in Chicago with the Blackhawks winning 2-1. The Predators earned points in their seventh straight game before a sellout crowd, continuing their best start since the 2010-11 season when they got points in each of their first eight. For Neal, it was the fifth hat trick of his career. Acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh in June, Neal has five goals in four games. Filip Forsberg had two assists. Ben Smith and Andrew Shaw scored for Chicago. With Chicago trailing 3-1, Shaw tipped a rebound past goalie Pekka Rinne at 12:36 of the third. That gave Chicago fans making the trip down for the game a reason to get loud again. source: http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141023/SPORTS2004/141029759/-1/sports12

 

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