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Predators 5, Blackhawks 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 5, Blackhawks 2
Nashville Predators 5, Chicago Blackhawks 2

CHICAGO (AP) -Nashville goalie Chris Mason finally got a win, stopping the Chicago Blackhawks.

Mason made 30 saves to end a seven-game personal losing streak and Alexander Radulov and Jason Arnott each had a goal and an assist in the Predators' 5-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Sunday night.

"It feels really good, but it's one game," Mason said. "It seemed like a long stretch when you forget what winning's like a little bit."

He posted victories in Nashville's first two games this season, then went into his slide.

"Mace needed a win and we're glad he got it," said David Legwand, who opened the scoring just 1:23 into the game as Nashville jumped out a 3-1 lead in the first period.

Martin Erat and Jordin Tootoo also scored for Nashville. The Predators have won three straight games, all on the road, and five of six following a six-game losing streak.

"Chris Mason was outstanding tonight," Predators coach Barry Trotz added.

The Predators, who climbed back to .500 with the victory, are 6-0 this season when they score first.

"It felt really good (to get the early lead)," Mason said. "I don't know if we're going to win every game this season when we score first, but we haven't lost one yet."

Robert Lang and Yanic Perreault scored for Chicago.

"We're going to change something up," Blackhawks coach Denis Savard said. "We've got to have urgency every shift, every battle. And if you don't this is what happens in this league."

Nikolai Khabibulin started in goal for the Blackhawks, but allowed three goals on six shots in the first period and was replaced by Patrick Lalime to start the second. He gave up one goal on 12 shots.

"He's (Khabibulin) not the only one to be blamed," Savard said. "Those first three goals, there's not much he could do about it... wish we could get one save with those three chances."

Nashville's final goal, by Arnott, was scored into an empty net.

Legwand and Radulov had goals 1:58 apart on Nashville's first two shots to give the Predators a 2-0 advantage.

Lang cut it to 2-1 at 9:43 of the first with the Blackhawks using a 5-on-3 advantage.

Erat made it 3-1 with 1:39 left in the period on a broken play. J.P. Dumont's centering pass hit the skate of Chicago defenseman Jim Vandermeer and deflected to Erat, who connected from 15 feet out.

Perreault scored his first goal for Chicago at 9:23 of the second to make it 3-2.

Tootoo extended the lead back to two goals picking off a blind pass by Blackhawks defenseman James Wisniewski at the Chicago blue line. Tootoo's shot from the left circle struck Lalime's arm and trickled in.

Arnott completed the scoring goal with an empty-net power-play goal with 46.2 seconds left.

Notes: Nashville LW Martin Gelinas sat out his sixth game with a bruised shoulder and is day-to-day. ... LW Darcy Hordichuk missed his fifth game with a broken toe and will remain out for at least a week. ... Chicago LW Sergei Samsonov was a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:23
NSH
David Legwand (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexander Radulov (6), Vernon Fiddler (4)
1 - 0 NSH
03:21
NSH
PPG - Alexander Radulov (3) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Suter (4), Marek Zidlicky (6)
2 - 0 NSH
09:43
CHI
PPG - Robert Lang (6) Snap shot - ASST: Patrick Kane (12), Jonathan Toews (6)
2 - 1 NSH
18:21
NSH
Martin Erat (2) Wrist shot - ASST: J-P Dumont (5), Jason Arnott (7)
3 - 1 NSH
2nd Period
09:23
CHI
Yanic Perreault (1) Slapshot - ASST: Dave Bolland (2)
3 - 2 NSH
3rd Period
04:20
NSH
Jordin Tootoo (3) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
4 - 2 NSH
19:13
NSH
PPG - EN - Jason Arnott (6) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
5 - 2 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
01:38
CHI
James Wisniewski  Elbowing against  David Legwand
04:11
CHI
James Wisniewski  Hooking against  Jason Arnott
07:45
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Interference against  Tuomo Ruutu
08:50
NSH
Ryan Suter  Tripping against  Jim Vandermeer
13:32
CHI
Adam Burish  Hi-sticking against  Jordin Tootoo
18:56
CHI
Adam Burish  Interference on goalkeeper against  Chris Mason
2nd Period
02:28
CHI
Tuomo Ruutu  Interference on goalkeeper against  Chris Mason
10:54
CHI
Jonathan Toews  Hi-sticking against  Ville Koistinen
13:55
NSH
Ryan Suter  Holding against  Jonathan Toews
16:35
NSH
Jason Arnott  Slashing against  Martin Lapointe
19:52
CHI
Yanic Perreault  Hooking against  Jason Arnott
3rd Period
12:03
NSH
Ville Koistinen  Tripping against  Duncan Keith
18:13
CHI
Jonathan Toews  Hooking against  David Legwand
goalie stats
Chris Mason
SA: 32TOI: 59:48
Saves: 30EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .938SH: 3 - 3
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 6TOI: 19:56
Saves: 3EV: 3 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .500SH: 0 - 0
Patrick Lalime
SA: 12TOI: 39:03
Saves: 11EV: 8 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0