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RECAP: Blackhawks Fall to Predators, 5-2

Chicago wraps five-game trip with loss to Nashville on Monday night

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The Blackhawks wrapped their five-game trip with a 5-2 loss to Nashville on Monday night, the first of three straight meetings with the Predators on the week. 

Alex DeBrincat and David Kampf scored on the night while Kevin Lankinen made 17 stops on 22 shots before being relieved by Malcolm Subban early in the third. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Kampf snapped a 49-game goalless drought on Monday night, scoring his first goal since March 3, 2020. 

UP NEXT: The Blackhawks continue their three-game set against Nashville as the action moves to the United Center on Wednesday night (6 p.m. - NBCSN). Stock up for puck drop with Bud Light and Drizly here!


CHI: 0, NSH: 1
1st - 6:22 - Matt Duchene (Erik Haula, Matt Benning)

The home side got on the board early off a double deflection in front, with Matt Duchene finding the decisive tip. Matt Benning put a shot through traffic from the near-side point, that Erik Haula tipped in the high slot before the puck ricocheted off the stick of Duchene just outside the crease and in for the 1-0 lead.

CHI: 1, NSH: 1
1st - 15:14 - Alex DeBrincat (Pius Suter, Patrick Kane) -- PP

For the second straight game, Alex DeBrincat struck from the side of the cage from a slot feed. Patrick Kane's chance from the far dot was turned aside by Juuse Saros, but Pius Suter quickly poked a backhand pass over right into the wheelhouse of DeBrincat for the one-timer before the Nashville netminder could adjust to make it 1-1.

Video: CHI@NSH: DeBrincat buries the puck for PPG in the 1st

CHI: 1, NSH: 2
2nd - 4:48 - Calle Jarnkrok (Mikael Granlund, Luke Kunin)

Nashville regained the lead early in the second as Mikael Grandlund played setup man from behind the Chicago net. The forward found a late-charging Calle Jarnkrok coming through the slot with a centering feed that Jarnkrok quickly popped home for a 2-1 advantage.

CHI: 1, NSH: 3
2nd - 5:39 - Mattias Ekholm (Ryan Johansen)

The Predators found twine again just 51 seconds later for a 3-1 lead. Ryan Johansen pounced on a Blackhawks turnover in the offensive zone and sprung Mattias Ekholm on a breakaway, where the defenseman beat Kevin Lankinen glove-side off the rush.

CHI: 2, NSH: 3
2nd - 11:52 - David Kampf (Adam Gaudette)

David Kampf halved the lead just past the midpoint of the game with his first of the season. The centerman a wraparound attempt in along the boards in the offensive end and found Adam Gaudette in the high slot. The Chicago debutant tried not one, not two, but three chances towards goal that were blocked in front before Kampf picked up the loose puck and slid a low shot through a Ryan Carpenter screen in front for a 3-2 scoreline.

Video: CHI@NSH: Kampf scores in 2nd period

CHI: 2, NSH: 4
3rd - 0:23 - Tanner Jeannot (Ryan Ellis)

Nashville took a two-goal lead again just 23 seconds into the third period as Ryan Ellis kept in a clearing attempt along the boards and quickly found Tanner Jeannot in the slot for a redirect home and a 4-2 lead.

CHI: 2, NSH: 5
3rd - 0:41 - Luke Kunin (Mikael Granlund)

Just 18 seconds later, the Predators found twine once again off a failed Blackhawks clear. Mikael Granlund quickly fed Luke Kunin in front for a point-blank tally and a 5-2 lead. Malcolm Subban replaced Kevin Lankinen in net in the stoppage that followed.

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