NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Chicago
(Sunday, December 27th)
Final Score: Chicago 5, Nashville 4
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal with 43.4 seconds left in regulation, and the Chicago Blackhawks swept a home-and- home series with the Predators via a 5-4 decision at United Center.
Kane totaled two goals and an assist for Chicago, which beat Nashville, 4-1, on Saturday and has now won seven of eight overall. John Madden scored two third-period goals, and Brian Campbell had a goal and an assist in the win.
"It's almost like an eight-point weekend for us for sure," Kane said of the two weekend wins over a division rival. "Nashville came out a lot better than they were (Saturday), and they played us a tough game at home...(When it's) 4-2, we shouldn't give up that lead, but we'll take the win."
Antti Niemi needed to make just 16 stops to earn the victory.
Cody Franson had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who lost for the first time when leading after two periods (13-1-0). Dan Hamhuis, Marcel Goc and Martin Erat each had a goal in defeat, while Dan Ellis allowed five goals on 29 shots.
"A lot of credit to the guys on our team. We had all the reason to start doubting ourselves after they scored two quick ones," Hamhuis said. "We were resilient, we came back and scored a couple goals, and it was good for us."
Chicago trailed by one heading into the third, but Madden tallied twice to open the final stanza to put the Blackhawks in front.
Madden's tying goal came at the 6:40 mark of the period, then just under six minutes later he fired a slapshot from the left circle that eluded Ellis for a 3-2 advantage with 7:48 to play.
Just over a minute later, Campbell scored to give Chicago a 4-2 lead and some breathing room.
It wouldn't be enough, however, as Nashville scored twice in 57 seconds to tie the game. Hamhuis' fourth goal of the year at the 15:38 mark pulled the Preds to within one, and Franson fired a slapshot from the point that made its way through traffic and into the net for a 4-4 game with 3:25 left to play.
There would be no overtime, though, as Kane capped a flurry of Chicago shots with a wrister from the right circle into the top right corner of the net with 43.4 seconds left. Shea Weber's slapshot in the last second for Nashville was stopped by Niemi to end the game.
Nashville grabbed the early lead just 1:35 into the game, as Franson sent a shot from the right circle that Goc tipped underneath Niemi.
Chicago tied the game a little more than five minutes later, as Kane followed his own shot and scored from in close for a 1-1 game after one period.
Nashville garnered the only goal of the second period 47 seconds in. Steve Sullivan forced a turnover in the Blackhawks' zone and fired a slapshot from the slot that was initially stopped. Erat grabbed the rebound from near the right post and fired it into a wide-open net for a 2-1 lead.
Chicago won the season series, 4-2...The Blackhawks moved to 17-4-1 at home, while the Predators fell to 10-7-2 on the road.
12/28 01:54:48 ET