The Blackhawks’ dynamic offense struggled throughout the first period against the always feisty Nashville defense, but a late Patrick Kane goal tied the game at 1 after the first period.
Nashville got the scoring started extra early when Corey Crawford misplayed a puck behind the net. Patric Hornqvist would bury his third goal of the season with the ’Hawks goalie badly out of position.
Chicago wasn’t without its chances. The ‘Hawks had three powerplay opportunities but couldn’t convert. That makes it 0-11 over the last three games on powerplay chances for the ’Hawks.
Still, a Patrick Kane goal with just :49 remaining means we’re all tied at 1. Kane beat Preds goalie Pekka Rinne five-hole for his third score of the year.
Early statistical advantages go to Nashville across the board: the Preds have more shots, hits, and faceoffs won through the first period.