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Blackhawks defeat Predators on Saad goal in overtime

Forward scores with 1:55 remaining; Crawford makes 37 saves

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Brandon Saad scored in overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 win against the Nashville Predators at United Center on Saturday.

Saad tipped a pass from Patrick Kane past Pekka Rinne from in close with 1:55 remaining for his team-leading sixth goal to complete the comeback.

 

[WATCH: All Predators vs. Blackhawks highlights]

 

Saad has four game-winning goals this season, tying his total from last season.

"I think it just had to do with us not managing the puck the right way," Saad said, according to the Chicago Sun Times. "We had a lot of turnovers and they capitalized the other way. That's what kept us in our own end, and we couldn't create offense. We did it to ourselves. But we learned from it. It was a big win, and we'll move on."

Patrick Sharp tied the game at 1-1, putting a backhander past Rinne off a pass from John Hayden with 5:36 remaining in the third period.

Video: NSH@CHI: Sharp pots a sweet backhander in front

Corey Crawford made 37 saves for the Blackhawks (4-1-1), including 18 in the first period. He has allowed seven goals in five games. 

"He's gotten off to a great start," coach Joel Quenneville told the Blackhawks website. "Can't say enough good things about him."

Filip Forsberg scored his fifth of the season -- and fourth on the power play -- to give the Predators a 1-0 lead at 18:16 of the second period. P.K. Subban took a shot that was deflected by Scott Hartnell right to Forsberg at the side of the net, and he lifted it over Crawford's stick.

Video: NSH@CHI: Forsberg nets rebound on the power play

"It hurts a little not getting the second point of the two," Predators forward Colton Sissons said. "We did like our game for the majority of the game. I thought it was our best effort of the season. So, it [stinks] leaving a point out there, but we can definitely build off that with that game."

It was the fifth straight regular season win for the Blackhawks against the Predators; Nashville defeated Chicago in four games in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

"This is a big win against them. It's kind of nice to beat them from last year," Crawford said. "It's a new season and I think it's better just to get the win and get the points in the standings. They are always a tough team to play against."

Rinne made 33 saves for Nashville (2-2-1).

 

Goal of the game

Saad came off the bench and executed a perfect give-and-go with Kane for the game-winning goal.

Video: NSH@CHI: Saad taps in game-winning goal in OT

 

Save of the game

With the Blackhawks trailing 1-0, Crawford denied Viktor Arvidsson's wrist shot on a shorthanded chance with 31 seconds remaining in the second period.

Video: NSH@CHI: Crawford robs Arvidsson with his pad

 

Highlight of the game

Blackhawks forward Richard Panik had a breakaway in the first period but was stopped by Rinne with 4:03 remaining to keep the game scoreless.

Video: NSH@CHI: Rinne swallows up Panik's breakaway chance

 

They said it

"Brutal. We are playing an unbelievable game to that point and to have it taken away from us like that is ridiculous. ... It should have been a shutout. It should've been 1-0." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette on Patrick Sharp's third-period goal

"We'll get [Nick] Schmaltz back and have some consistent lines and more predictive linemates, which is something that maybe will help push one another the right way and we will get more consistency and more speed in our game." -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on the offense in the past two games

 

Need to know

Predators center Nick Bonino left in the second period and did not return. Laviolette didn't have an update after the game. ... The goal by Sharp ended a streak of 174:56 in which Chicago didn't score against Nashville at home. The Blackhawks were shut out by the Predators in two playoff games at United Center last season. ... The Predators scored their seventh power-play goal of the season. ... The Blackhawks went 0-for-6 on the power play. ... Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm had a game-high six blocks. ... Schmaltz (upper body) missed his fourth straight game.

 

What's next

Predators: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, ALT, NHL.TV) 

Blackhawks: At the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV) 

 

Video: Saad's OT goal lifts Blackhawks to 2-1 win

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