The Predators controlled much of the game, but ultimately fell to the Blackhawks on Saturday night.
It was two former Chicago Blackhawks that the team brought back this season that won them the game against the Predators.
Patrick Sharp tied things up at 1-1 late for Chicago and in overtime it was Brandon Saad that scored the game winning goal to move the Predators’ record to 2-2-1 on the season. Filip Forsberg was the goal scorer for Nashville.
The Predators were able to out shoot the Blackhawks 18-11 in the first frame, but neither side lit the lamp. Both Nashville and Chicago had two power play chances in the first 20 minutes as well. The Preds had 23 total shot attempts during 5-on-5 play in the opening frame.
The second period started off just as the first did, with plenty of back-and-forth action and not a lot of whistles for stoppages in play. There was one whistle that proved to be significant with 2:06 left in the period as Forsberg drew a tripping minor and the young Swede made the ‘Hawks pay on the man advantage.
Nashville executed a strong power play with P.K. Subban throwing a pass towards the goal leaving Scott Hartnell to poke the puck to Forsberg who scored on the backdoor giving Nashville a 1-0 lead heading into the second intermission. The goal was Forsberg’s fifth in five games this season.
Through 40 minutes of action the Preds led the Blackhawks 30-19 in the shots on goal category.
The final 20 minutes of play mirrored the first 40 minutes as far as style of play goes with both teams pushing and sharing chances. The Blackhawks were able to knot things up at 1-1 thanks Sharp’s goal with just over five minutes left in regulation. The goal was controversial due to the fact just seconds before Nashville’s Matt Irwin’s stick seemed to be held and then slung to the glass, but no penalty was called.
Regulation ended with the Preds holding a 38-31 advantage in shots on goal and the game tied at 1-1.
The Blackhawks had one overtime game under their belt already this season, a loss to Toronto, while this would be Nashville’s first of the year. Chicago controlled the play and Patrick Kane zipped a perfect pass to Saad who beat Pekka Rinne to win the game with 1:55 left in the extra period.
Notes: Nick Bonino played only a handful of shifts before leaving the contest in the first period…Roman Josi missed his third straight game and remains listed as day-to-day…Yannick Weber also missed the game and is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury…Nashville’s penalty kill was impressive going 6-for-6 on the night.