NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Nashville
(Saturday, February 4th)
Final Score: Nashville 6, Chicago 0
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Scott Hartnell recorded his first career hat trick and Tomas Vokoun picked up his second shutout of the season, as the Nashville Predators rolled past the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-0, at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Vokoun finished with 40 saves and Yanic Perreault had four points with a goal and three assists for the Predators, who won for the second game in a row.
Adam Munro started in net for the Blackhawks, allowing three goals on seven shots in the first period, before being replaced by Craig Anderson, who allowed three goals on 12 shots in relief.
Chicago has now lost three straight and five of its last six games overall.
The Predators jumped all over the Blackhawks in the opening period, scoring four goals.
Hartnell opened the barrage with his 18th goal of the season at the 8:37 mark. Greg Johnson's pass to Hartnell sprung him past the defenders down low, and he sent a backhander past Munro.
"The shots we had were right there, point blank and tonight we buried them," said Hartnell.
Just 1:22 later, Perreault made it a 2-0 game. At the right side of the net, Perreault tipped Paul Kariya's pass from the right circle off Munro's blocker and into the net.
At 12:03 of the first, Perreault sent a pass from behind the net out to Greg Johnson in the slot and his quick wrister sailed past Munro for the 3-0 lead. Munro was then replaced by Anderson.
Anderson was greeted by a power-play goal from Hartnell with less than five minutes to go in the opening period to put Nashville comfortably in front at 4-0.
After a scoreless middle session, Martin Erat made it 5-0 for the Predators at 4:40 of the final frame.
With 1:25 to play in the game, Hartnell's power-play tally sent the hats flying to the ice from the home crowd.
Vokoun was terrific in the third period as Chicago fired 21 shots at him and he stopped them all to preserve his 14th career shutout.
Nashville improved to 5-0 against Chicago this season, and is 7-0-1 (1 tie) in the last eight meetings overall...Predators forward Steve Sullivan picked up two assists...The Blackhawks are now 0-4-1 (4 losses, 1 tie) in their last five trips to the Music City.
02/04 23:13:29 ET