Nashville Predators rebound with 3-1 win over Chicago Blackhawks

Mike Organ
Nashville Tennessean

The Predators bounced back from Wednesday’s heartbreaking loss to Chicago by beating the Blackhawks 3-1 Friday night at the United Center.

It was the last of a three-game series with the Blackhawks. Nashville picked up five of six possible points.

The Predators (26-21-2) allowed a 4-1 lead Wednesday to slip away in the final 10 minutes and fell 5-4 in overtime in Chicago (22-21-5).

Nashville came out strong Friday scoring the first goal for the first time in 13 games when Ryan Johansen jammed the puck in after a scramble in front of the net at the 13:27 mark in the second period.

Apr 23, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) reacts after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at United Center.

The Predators went up 2-0 later in the period when Luke Kunin scored for the third consecutive game.

Kunin’s goal came off a pass from Mikael Granlund. It was Granlund's fourth assist in the three-game series. Calle Jarnkrok also assisted on the goal.

Nashville went up 3-0 with 3:55 left to play when Erik Haula scored from the deep left side of the goal.

Vinnie Hinostroza finally scored for Chicago with 3:19 left on a goal that had to be reviewed after Nashville's Mattias Ekholm tried to make a save.

The win gave Nashville, currently with the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central Division, a five-point lead on the sixth-place Blackhawks with seven games left to play.

The Dallas Stars are in fifth place, four points behind, but have played three fewer games than Nashville.

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