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RECAP: Predators 5, Blackhawks 2

Despite holding an early lead, the Blackhawks fell 5-2 to the Nashville Predators in their final game of 2018-19

by Chris Wescott /

RAPID REACTION: The Blackhawks started fast but the Predators finished strong as Nashville came back from down 2-0 to beat Chicago 5-2 in their regular season finale.

Video: Jeremy Colliton on loss to NSH

Brendan Perlini snapped a quick shot past the Nashville goaltender at 2:58 of the first frame to give the visiting Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.

Drake Caggiula buried a feed from Patrick Kane at of the first to give Chicago a 2-0 advantage heading into the first intermission.

Nashville's Dante Fabbro sniped his first career NHL goal at 9:07 of the second to make it a 2-1 game.

Filip Forsberg buried the equalizer at 18:50 of the middle frame to tie the game at 2-2 for the Preds.

Viktor Arvidsson put Nashville ahead 3-2 at 3:33 of the third on the power play. They added an empty-netter, courtesy of Colton Sissons, with just over two minutes remaining to extend the lead to 4-2.

It became a 5-2 game when Nick Bonino sniped one with less than a minute to play.

Chicago finishes 2018-19 with a record of 36-34-12 with 84 standings points.

SCORING IMPACT: Since being traded to Chicago in November, Perlini had 12 goals in 46 games. That puts him at a 21-goal pace over the course of a whole season.


"We would have liked to finish a little better, for sure. I liked our start, actually. They had some zone time but I thought we handled it pretty well and then we got a couple goals. But as the game went on they started to take over. They played hard, obviously, they have a lot of speed and we didn't do what we needed to do to relieve the pressure, we didn't make enough plays and I didn't think we controlled the lines well enough." - Jeremy Colliton on the loss

"Obviously, we weren't in the playoff race the last few games. We wanted to finish off on a strong note and play a little bit of that spoiler role. They were fighting for the top of the division and we could have spoiled that for them. That was on our minds for sure. We wanted to end the season on a good note but we kind of let the game get away from us. We stopped doing the things that make us successful. There were parts of the game we could have cleaned up and you see the 49 or 50 shots. That's too many shots and opportunities for a good team like that. They're a good team and they're eventually going to capitalize on their chances and they did." - Caggiula

WHAT'S NEXT: The NHL Draft Lottery takes place on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. CT. will have full coverage of where Chicago will select in the first round.

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