With the assistance of mediocre officiating and timely offense, the Blackhawks fought off the Predators with a final score of 3-2. Goals by Artem Anisimov on the power play and Filip Forsberg in the 1st period left this game tied up through two frames until Mike Fisher capitalized on a Nashville power play at 6:13. The Blackhawks responded with an another power play goal of their own when Jonathan Toews tipped home a Brent Seabrook point shot at 11:04. Less than five minutes later, Patrick Kane took advantage of a Blackhawks odd man rush and put the Blackhawks ahead for the first time since the 1st period. Chicago would hold on and take the win in the end.
Corey Crawford played exceptionally well, stopping 36 of 38 shots in the win. Crawford also drew a tripping penalty on Craig Smith in the 3rd period which lead to the Toews game-tying goal.
Pekka Rinne stopped 20 of 23 shots faced throughout the game, but could not cover the Predators inability to stay out of the penalty box.
Tonight’s Player of the Game goes to Patrick Kane. With a goal and an assist tonight, Kane reached 700 career points and is only the 7th Blackhawks player to reach that total.
The Blackhawks travel to Carolina next for a matchup with the Hurricanes on Friday night, their final contest before the Winter Classic matchup with St. Louis on January 2nd.