NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Chicago
(Wednesday, March 1)
Final Score: Chicago 3, Nashville 0
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Craig Anderson made 20 saves to post his first shutout of the season and Dustin Byfuglien scored in his NHL debut, as the Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Nashville Predators, 3-0, at United Center.
Rene Bourque and Patrick Sharp also lit the lamp for the Blackhawks, who snapped a three-game losing streak and beat Nashville for the first time (1-5) this season.
The shutout was the second of Anderson's career, with his first coming during the 2003-04 season.
"It just came together tonight," Anderson said. "Some nights you have it and some you don't. Everybody was on the same page working together."
Chris Mason allowed three goals on 33 shots faced in the loss, Nashville's fourth in its last five games.
Coming into the contest, the Predators had outscored the Blackhawks 27-8 over their previous five meetings but could not find the back of the net on this night.
Chicago picked up its first win against Nashville since February 11, 2004, a 5-2 home victory.
Byfuglien put the Blackhawks on the board with 4:46 left in the first frame. Matthew Barnaby pushed the puck out front from behind the net and Byfuglien wristed the disc home for the 1-0 edge.
"I never thought I'd score in my first game," said Byfuglien.
Chicago netted a back-breaking goal with just eight seconds left in the second. Bourque was responsible for the tally -- his 11th of the season -- as it came off a deflection of Mark Bell's shot from the left circle to give Chicago a two-goal edge.
Sharp capped the scoring in the contest after breaking in on net alone, deking right and backhanding a shot past Mason at 11:19 of the third for his seventh tally of the season.
Bell tallied his 17th assist of the season, while Kyle Calder recorded his 27th assist of the year for the Blackhawks...Both teams finished 0- for-5 on the power play...Chicago outshot Nashville in each period...The Predators' Kimmo Timonen captured a silver medal in the recent 2006 Winter Games as a member of Team Finland.
03/01 23:51:31 ET