Josi lifts Predators over Blackhawks for fifth straight win

Josi lifts Predators over Blackhawks for fifth straight win

CHICAGO – Roman Josi scored with 6:33 left in the third period and the buzzing Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Sunday night for their fifth straight win.
Viktor Arvidsson and Calle Jarnkrok scored on fluky in the first period for Nashville, who won for the seventh time in eight games and was tied with Chicago for fourth and final place in the Central Division playoffs. Pekka Rinne stopped 27 shots.

Alex DeBrincat scored two goals 1:50 apart in the third period to tie the game for Chicago. Malcolm Subban finished with 28 saves.

On the tie-breaker, Josi skated and beat Subban of the slot after taking a feed from Eeli Tolvanen to top off a nice streak of assists after Chicago failed to clear their zone.

Chicago, which abandoned its second game in two nights to the Predators, lost six of eight. The Blackhawks were limited once again for most of the game by Nashville, a defenseman who won 3-1 on Saturday.

With Nashville ahead 2-0, DeBrincat put Chicago on the board at 7:35 of the third when he whipped into a right-circle timer after Rinne lost his stick. Patrick Kane’s punctual cross pass set it up.

DeBrincat equalized with his 18th goal at 9:25. He rounded defender Dante Fabbro, crossed the crease and returned a shot to top off a shrewd play.

Rinne, 38, the longtime Nashville number one goalie, has only started for the second time in seven games. Other Predators goaltender Juuse Saros is 4-1-0 with a 0.81 goals-against average and .977 save percentage in his last five games to support their rise.

Nashville led 2-0 after the first period with goals that went off skates.

Arvidsson was credited with opening the mark at 4:43 in. He jumped on a loose puck behind the net after Subban couldn’t handle it. The puck hit defenseman Calvin de Haan’s skate and went into the net.

Jarnkrok made it 2-0 with his 10th goal with 1:30 to go in the period. Mattias Ekholm circled behind the net, turned and shot from the left circle. The puck rubbed Jarnrkok’s foot to the edge of the crease as de Haan attempted to tie him up.


Rinne’s 368 wins are the most important for any Finnish goalkeeper. The 2018 Vezina Trophy winner has played his entire NHL career with Nashville. He made his NHL debut and claimed his first career victory on Dec. 15, 2005, against Chicago.

He scored a goal against the Blackhawks last season, firing a 185-foot shot into an empty net to cap a 5-2 victory in Chicago on January 9, 2020.


Blackhawks C Dylan Strome did not play due to the birth of his first child.

Nashville F Filip Forsberg missed his second straight game with an upper body injury.


Predators: Host Dallas on Tuesday in the first of a two-game series.

Blackhawks: Host Carolina on Tuesday in the first of a two-game set.

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