Kane extends point streak as Blackhawks beat Predators 4-1
CHICAGO (AP) Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 23 games with an empty-net goal with 1:36 left, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Teuvo Teravainen and Andrew Shaw each had a goal and an assist for Chicago, and Corey Crawford made 36 saves. Dennis Rasmussen scored in his NHL debut.
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 franchise-record streak.
Eric Nystrom scored for Nashville in its first meeting with Chicago since the Blackhawks won their first-round playoff series in six games last spring. Pekka Rinne blocked 20 shots.
The Predators were coming off a 3-2 victory at Boston on Monday night.
Rasmussen opened the scoring with a deflection at 10:45 of the first. At the edge of the crease, he tipped in Shaw's shot from the slot after Shaw picked off a weak Nashville clearing pass.
Shaw's power-play goal on a screened one-timer from the left circle with 5:45 left in the second gave Chicago a 2-0 lead. Shaw was set up by Teravainen's slick cross-ice touch pass.
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.
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 coach Joel Quenneville said is not serious. Daley, who was helped off the ice in the second period of the Blackhawks' 3-1 win over Winnipeg on 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.