Blackhawks Still Winless At Home After Last-Minute Loss To Predators

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Patrick Kane Ill, Probably Out For Friday's Game

Chicago Breaking Sports reports that Patrick Kane missed practice today due to illness, according to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville:

“Kaner’s sick,‘’ Quenneville said.

Kane scored a goal in Wednesday night’s loss to the Predators but fell ill afterward, Quenneville said. He played in all 82 games last season.

If Kane misses the game as expected, Quenneville said the Hawks will have to make a roster move.


Nick Boynton's Penalty Leads To Predators Power-Play Goal; Blackhawks Lose 3-2

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Joel Ward scored with just 27 seconds left in the game to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.

Steve Sullivan and Colin Wilson each had a goal for the Predators, who have won both of their games on the young season. Anders Lindback stopped 23 shots for his first win in his first NHL start.

Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist and Patrick Kane scored the other goal for the Blackhawks, who have dropped three of four to start the season, including both games at home. Corey Crawford stopped 24 shots in the loss.

“Each gave that we’ve lost there’s been that one bad goal we’ve let in that has cost us the game,” said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville.

With the score tied, Nick Boynton was called for delay of game with 2:13 to play after he flipped the puck over the glass for the delay of game call.

Nashville took the lead in the final moments of the advantage as J.P. Dumont sent the puck from the right to the left for Ward’s tap in to the open net, and the team skated out with the win.

“There was a broken play and then there was a pass that came down to J.P. down low,” Ward said. “I just wanted to get open on the back side and sure enough I had an empty net.”

The Blackhawks got on the board just 4:48 in on Kane’s heavy wrister from the right circle, but Nashville answered less than two minutes later as a mad scramble in front saw the puck come to the slot where Sullivan grabbed it and wristed it home from the right circle.

Chicago took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission with 3:02 left in the frame. Marian Hossa skated the puck to the high slot and let loose a backhand pass to the right circle. From there, Tomas Kopecky immediately sent it over to the left side where Toews had the easy slam for his first goal of the season.

The second period went scoreless as Lindback stopped all 11 shots he faced while Crawford turned aside seven.

The Preds tied the game 4:43 into the third with a goal on the rush as Kevin Klein sent the disc from the left wing to the slot where Wilson wristed it off a Hawk and in.

Chicago plays in Columbus on Friday…Nashville hosts St. Louis on Thursday…The Blackhawks took four of six from Nashville last season…Nashville went 1-for-3 on the power play while Chicago was 1-for-1.


Blackhawks Seek First Home Win Of 2010-11 Vs. Predators

(Sports Network) - Starting the season with back-to-back victories for the third time in four seasons just got a little tougher for the Predators.

Nashville be without its No. 1 goaltender in Pekka Rinne tonight when it battles the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center, where the Preds have lost seven of their last nine trips.

A season-opening 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday was a costly one for the Predators as Rinne left the game in the third period with a lower- body injury after a collision in his net that also involved a teammate and Anaheim skater. Rinne, who ended with 29 saves, did not travel with the team to Chicago and the Predators on Tuesday recalled Mark Dekanich from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

He will serve as the backup to 22-year-old Anders Lindback, who made his NHL debut in relief of Rinne on Saturday, stopping all seven shots faced.

Martin Erat did also not travel with the club due to back spasms.

Steve Sullivan scored the go-ahead goal versus Anaheim on the power play, while Marcel Goc, Patric Hornqvist and David Legwand tallied as well. Nashville went 1-for-7 on the power play and held Anaheim scoreless on its three man-advantage chances.

"Our special teams were outstanding tonight and won us the game," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz. "We had a lot of zone time on the power play and we were able to keep them from setting anything up when they were on the power play. Special teams will win you the game and they did tonight."

While the Predators will be without their starting goaltender, the Blackhawks could be minus defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson after he picked up a five-minute boarding call and game misconduct during Monday's 4-3 victory over Buffalo. Hjalmarsson has reportedly been suspended for two games for a blind-side hit on Jason Pominville. The Sabres forward crashed into the boards and needed to be taken off the ice on a stretcher after sustaining a concussion and gash above his eye.

Chicago's victory on Monday was its first of the season after an 0-1-1 start. Marian Hossa scored twice, Nick Leddy notched the first goal of his NHL career and Patrick Kane also scored.

After Marty Turco was in net for a pair of one-goal losses, Corey Crawford got the call versus the Sabres and made 32 saves.

"I was nervous after [allowing] the first two goals, but we bounced back really good," Crawford said. "We shut them down in the second, so that was great."

Turco will likely be back in net tonight and is 12-6-1 with a tie and 1.90 GAA in his career versus the Predators. That includes a 3-0-1 mark and 1.71 GAA in his last four starts against them.

Chicago won four of the six meetings in 2009-10 and has also come out on top in seven of the last 10 matchups overall. That doesn't include last season's quarterfinals, where the 'Hawks dispatched the Preds in six games.

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