With the score tied at 2 late in the second period, forward Patric Hornqvist scored a powerplay to give the Predators a 3-2 lead heading into the third period at the United Center. The goal was set up by Ryan Suter and goalie Pekka Rinne and was Hornqvist’s second score of the night and fourth of the year.
The first goal of the second period came when Predators rookie Craig Smith found the back of the net. Assists went to Martin Erat and Niclas Bergfors on Smith’s fourth goal of the year.
The ’Hawks would soon answer back. Patrick Kane took the puck around the net and found Nick Leddy for his second goal of 2011.
Rinne has made some fantastic saves for Nashville thus far, including a stop on a Marian Hossa bullet in the second period. The Predators have out-shot the ’Hawks 20-14 through two periods.