NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Nashville
(Tuesday, March 30th)
Final Score: Nashville 5, Chicago 2
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - David Legwand and Martin Erat each tallied a goal and two assists to lead Nashville over Chicago, 5-2, in the opener of a home-and-home series at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Tomas Vokoun made 24 saves for the Predators, who won for just the third time in their last 12 games (3-4-3-2). Nashville has 87 points and is tied with Edmonton for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Predators hold the tiebreaker over the Oilers, who lost Tuesday to St. Louis, because they have one more win.
Tuomo Ruutu scored both goals for the Blackhawks, who sit in the bottom of the Western Conference. Chicago is in the midst of a six-game winless streak (0-3-2-1).
The Predators started the game with four unanswered goals and they never looked back. Vladimir Orszagh opened the scoring just 35 seconds into the game with a slap shot from the left circle.
"It has been tough for us lately," said Orszagh. "Tonight we really believed in what we had to do."
On a snap shot from the right circle at 6:16 of the opening stanza, Erat increased the Nashville edge to 2-0.
Legwand posted his 17th goal of the season on a wrist shot at 11:58 of the second and then at 17:15, Adam Hall posted his 12th of the campaign from right outside the crease for the 4-0 Nashville lead.
Ruutu finally got the Blackhawks on the board with his 20th of the year. While on the power play, Ruutu found the back of the net on a wrist shot up high from close range.
Each team recorded late-third period goal to complete the scoring. Scott Walker lit the lamp at 14:45 for the Predators, while Ruutu notched his second of the game with just 14 seconds to play.
Jocelyn Thibault stopped 30 shots for Chicago.
After the home-and-series closes Thursday evening in Chicago, the Blackhawks complete the season with a two-game road trip, making stops in Phoenix and Dallas. The Predators follow the home-and-home with Saturday's home game against St. Louis and Sunday's season finale in Colorado.
Chicago has just one victory in its last seven trips to the Music City (1-4-2)...Nashville failed to score with seven chances on the power play, while Chicago was 1-of-2 in the same category.
03/30 23:05:55 ET