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Predators beat Blackhawks 3-2

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The Nashville Predators took down the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2, scoring all three goals on the powerplay. P.K Subban, Roman Josi, and Mike Fisher all scored for the Predators. Pekka Rinne stopped 22 of the Blackhawks 24 shots. Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marcus Kruger scored for the Blackahwks, and goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 24 of 27 shots against.

The Blackhawks took the lead quickly in the first, when Kruger made it 1-0. Marian Hossa tried to hit rookie Ryan Hartman with a breakout pass, but he struggled to control it and ended up hitting it with his body into Rinne. The puck came out to Kruger, who had a wide open net to put the puck in. The goal was hit first since the 2015 Western Conference Final, after he scored no goals last season. Minutes later, Subban tied the game on the power play. Subban took a slapshot from the blueline, tying the game and scoring his first as a Predator.

But the Blackhawks responded right away, with Hjalmarsson scoring in his first game of the season, after he missed the first due to suspension. With Jonathan Toews in from of the net, Hjalmarsson took a wrist shot from along the boards and beat Rinne to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead. But after another Blackhawks penalty, the Predators strike again, this time Josi, who fired a quick wrist shot and beat Crawford low on the blocker side.

Fisher scored late in the 2nd period to give the Predators the lead. Once again on the powerplay, Ryan Johansen passed the puck to Josi, who fired a slap shot at Crawford. Fisher was in front of the net, screening Crawford, and was able to get a stick on it, deflecting it in past Crawford. This goal gave the Predators the lead, which despite a late push from the Hawks, Rinne and the Predators were able to hold the lead, beating the Blackahwks 3-2.