CHICAGO — For the second straight game, Patrick Kane waited until the very end to keep his point streak alive.
Kane reached 23 games with an empty-net goal with 1:36 left, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Nashville had pulled Pekka Rinne when Kane fired the puck into the Predators’ net from just short of the red line. He broke Bobby Hull’s franchise record when he reached 22 with an assist on Artemi Panarin’s empty-netter with 46 seconds left in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Winnipeg.
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"I wasn’t thinking about it too much until the end, and you go out there and you hear the crowd cheering, and they’re looking for something," Kane said after Chicago’s second straight win. "That’s when you kind of want to get something at the end."
Kane’s 17th goal of the season was his 600th NHL point. The winger, who entered as the NHL’s leading scorer, has 14 goals and 23 assists during his streak.
Crawford was especially sharp in the second to keep Chicago ahead as the Predators outshot the Blackhawks 14-6.
Crawford slid quickly to rob Calle Jarnkrok with a right pad save at 6:52. He stopped Viktor Arvidsson, and then popped up off the ice to make a glove save on Barret Jackman’s rebound with three minutes left.
"One of the key points in the game," Crawford said. "That was a big win for us against another team in our division. It was a back-and-forth kind of game."
The Predators cut it to 2-1 with 45.3 seconds remaining in the period when Nystrom drove to the net, slipped past two defenders and Roman Josi’s centering pass deflected in off Nystrom’s skate. The goal withstood a video review because Nystrom did not kick at the puck.
Teravainen made it 3-1 just 14 seconds into the third on a rising shot from the top of the right circle. He hesitated a split second before firing and beat Rinne high on the stick side.
NOTES: Chicago D Trevor Daley is day to day with an upper-body injury that Quenneville said is not serious. Daley, who was helped off the ice in the second period Sunday after a collision, was replaced in the lineup by David Rundblad. … The Blackhawks recalled Rasmussen from Rockford of the AHL on Monday. … Nashville C Colin Wilson missed the game with a lower-body injury.