|CHI||3||2||1||(0 - 0)||6|
|NSH||0||0||1||(0 - 0)||1|
The Predators got off to a slow start and were unable to recover, dropping a 6-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at Sommet Center. The Blackhawks scored three times in the first 12:44 of play, including two goals before the Predators were able to record a shot on goal.
|Highlights: Blackhawks 6 Predators 1|
Chicago opened the scoring 1:04 into the game on Duncan Keith's eight goal of the season. Chris Mason had no chance on the play as a heavy screen in front of the net prevented him from seeing Keith's shot from the left wing face-off dot.
Jonathan Toews added a pair of goals later in the period to extend the Chicago lead to 3-0, the rookie's 16th and 17th tallies of the season. On his first goal, Toews beat Greg de Vries wide down the left side boards and curled behind the net for a wrap-around attempt and tucked the puck into the empty net at the 6:22 mark. Toews wristed a shot five-hole for his second goal of the night with 7:18 remaining in the opening period.
Rene Bourque and Cam Barker added goals 0:42 apart early in the second period to give the Blackhawks a 5-0 advantage.
Chicago extended its lead to 6-0 on Patrick Sharp's 27th goal of the season, 3:47 into the third period. The Predators got on the board with a power-play goal 2:25 later. Marek Zidlicky skated into the slot and saucered a pass to Jason Arnott at the bottom of the left wing face-off circle. Arnott roofed the shot for his 20th goal of the campaign. J.P. Dumont drew the other assist on the play.
Patrick Lalime made 24 saves for the win. Mason started in net for the Predators and made four saves before giving way to Dan Ellis after Chicago's third goal. Ellis made 10 saves in relief.
Arnott reached the 20 goal mark for the 11th time in his career and ninth consecutive season ... Arnott has points in 13 of his last 14 games ... Dumont has 53 points on the season, tied for the second-highest total of his career. Dumont's career-high is 66 points, set last season ... Dumont has points in 21 of his last 23 games.
Head Coach Barry Trotz
On the performance tonight ... "We weren’t happy with the way we came out because we lacked urgency and didn’t have a lot of quickness. Chicago came out with a focused mission and we needed to come out strong and needed Mason to get a solid save to get us ahead of them mentally. It was just one of those nights that you have to forget and regroup and one we’d like to forget about. Everyone in the locker room knows that we did not play like Nashville Predators tonight and it’s just one game and we need to focus on our two games coming up this weekend. We don’t have any excuses but just to move on and focus on winning these games on the weekend."
On having too much confidence after beating Detroit on Tuesday... "We did talk about it to make sure that we were not and I don’t think that we were overconfident but lacked focus and urgency. Chicago is in their playoff mode right now and has everyone healthy and has two very talented lines and skilled players on their team. We just weren’t prepared the way we should’ve been and it’s not any one persons fault; it’s my fault, the team, and coaches. We just weren’t ready to play the way we needed to in order to beat Chicago."
On Chicago’s team and how they’ve been playing... "The past three or four games they have got out to quick starts and tonight scoring on their first shot or two doesn’t help us to gain confidence. We needed to stay focused and get back in the game and get over it and get back to playing our game. We did not have enough people that were willing to step up and play Nashville Predators hockey tonight. They weren’t giving up at all and we just didn’t step up to their playing level."
Defenseman Dan Hamhuis
On tonight’s game… “The puck certainly wasn’t bouncing for us but we didn’t work that hard either. I think maybe we didn’t have enough respect. We were coming off a big win over Detroit and we tend to do that at times. We come out lackadaisical for the next game and we certainly did that tonight.”
On the play of the goaltenders…”I’m sure they would like a couple of those back, but at the same time, Chicago didn’t have a lot of shots but they had quality shots. They still made some big saves for us. It was a team effort tonight. The goaltenders weren’t happy with their effort but all the skaters didn’t help them out much either.”
Center Scott Nichol
On tonight’s game…“We didn’t work tonight and we got our lunch handed to us. Don’t take anything away from Chicago, they played a very good game. They skated, they moved the puck and we stood around and watched them. We probably had the best seat in the house.”
On trying to mount a comeback…“We were down 3-0 going into the second. We talked about it in the locker room, and if any team could have done it in franchise history, I think this team could have done it. We’ve been really resilient this year. We’ve always waited to get points and come back and it just didn’t happen. Right back to the drawing board, bury it, and move on.”
On the upcoming game against St. Louis…”We took it to them the last two games so you know they’re not going to be rolling over to play dead. They are playing for their playoff lives too. It doesn’t get any easier and it was a good lesson that we’ve got to work. We’re a good team when we work and have four lines going. We had too many passengers tonight and it was unacceptable. We addressed it and we just need to move on.”
|Duncan Keith (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Marty Havlat (16), Robert Lang (24)|
1 - 0 CHI
|Jonathan Toews (16) Wrap-around - ASST: Brent Sopel (16), Jordan Hendry (1)|
2 - 0 CHI
|Jonathan Toews (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Kane (35), Brent Seabrook (12)|
3 - 0 CHI
|Rene Bourque (6) Tip-in - ASST: Brent Sopel (17), Dave Bolland (6)|
4 - 0 CHI
|Cam Barker (3) Snap shot - ASST: Dave Bolland (7), James Wisniewski (12)|
5 - 0 CHI
|Patrick Sharp (27) Slapshot - ASST: Patrick Kane (36), Jonathan Toews (20)|
6 - 0 CHI
|PPG - Jason Arnott (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Marek Zidlicky (28), J-P Dumont (32)|
6 - 1 CHI
|Jed Ortmeyer Fighting (maj) against Cam Barker|
|Cam Barker Fighting (maj) against Jed Ortmeyer|
|Dave Bolland Interference against Scott Nichol|
|Radek Bonk Holding against Brent Seabrook|
|Ryan Suter Holding against Jonathan Toews|
|Cam Barker Hooking against Martin Erat|
|Craig Adams Slashing against J-P Dumont|
|Duncan Keith Roughing against J-P Dumont|
|J-P Dumont Roughing against Duncan Keith|
|Shea Weber Tripping against Dave Bolland|
|James Wisniewski Roughing against Vernon Fiddler|