CHICAGO - Jonathan Toews scored the only goal in the shootout, after Chicago's Bryan Bickell netted the tying goal with 1:13 left in regulation, and the Blackhawks topped the Nashville Predators 5-4 on Monday night.
Bickell beat Pekka Rinne through a crowd ? and with Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford on the bench for an extra skater ? after Rinne had stopped David Rundblad's drive from the blue line.
Toews provided the winning margin when he beat Rinne on the Blackhawks' first shootout attempt.
Brad Richards, Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa scored in a 7:10 span late in the second period to tie it at after the Predators built a 3-0 lead.
James Neal's second goal of the game, a power-play tally with 56 seconds left in the second period, put Nashville ahead 4-3. Roman Josi and Craig Smith also scored, and Colin Wilson added two assists.