For the first time this season, the Chicago Blackhawks had a healthy team as they went to Nashville to take on the Predators. No one on the IR means key players Brian Campbell and Dave Bolland are back on the ice. This may have been exactly what the Hawks needed to find whatever it was they were missing. The first period had plenty of shots taken on both sides. Turco ended the first with 9 saves, and Rinne saved 12 out of 13 shots. Jack Skille knocked in a feed from Brian Campbell with 53 seconds left in the first.
As the second period opened, less than a minute in, penalties on both sides led to a 4 on 4. And with 15 seconds left during the penalties, O’Brien answered Skille’s goal, marking his second of the season. 53 seemed to be the number of the night because 53 seconds after both penalties ended; Chicago’s Nick Boynton was called for holding. Nashville scored the PPG with Weber scoring with just under 25 seconds left in the penalty. And it seemed the viscous circle was in full effect with two back to back unanswered goals against them again.
But then Viktor Stalberg got one in on Rinne’s glove side tying the game! I don’t know about anyone else, but I saw the light right then. The Blackhawks were not going down without a fight. Jack Skille tallied his second of the night midway through the second giving the Hawks a 3-2 lead. And just like that the Blackhawk’s 4th line was a force to be reckoned with.
After Skille’s second goal the Blackhawks seemed to be the team we have been waiting to see all year. Nick Boynton even took on Bouillon in defense of his captain. Their physical game was back and the Hawks were full strength on the roster and full strength in presence. The Hawks went to a two man advantage for a minute in a half towards the end of the second. Pekka Rinne did not give up a single goal to help the Pred’s kill of two very crucial penalties. With a minute left in the second, Bickell and Weber got into it in front of the benches and Shea Weber took back to back penalties to put the Hawks back on the PP.
Nashville opened up the 3rd with what appeared to be a PPG, but after review Hornqvist kicked it in. Midway through the 3rd Franson scored his 4th of the season to tie the game up. The score remained tied after the 3rd and points for everyone as they prepared for OT. Patrick Kane was called for tripping as he attempted to take the puck away and halfway through OT the Pred’s went on the PP. The Blackhawks killed the crucial penalty and we were off to a shootout. And Nashville got 1 out of 3 passed Turco to win 4-3.
The rivalry between Nashville and Chicago was very prevalent tonight as the Blackhawks played with physical aggression we haven’t seen since last year’s finals. Combined with a healthy roster, it just was not enough to end the Blackhawks losing streak as it increased to 3 straight losses.
About the Author
Written by Kristin Dingman
My name is Kristin Dingman. I am 21 years old. I was born in and still remain in a small town in Illinois called Rock Falls, its about 200 miles East of Chicago. I now work as a bookkeeper full time in Sterling, IL. I am also attending college online. I absolutely love sports. I am a fan of everything Chicago, except for the White Sox. Thats one Chi-town team I could do with out.. I am a hockey girl at heart. I am studying sports management and looking forward to a career in sports.