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Nashville Predators 4 – Chicago Blackhawks 5

Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks
December 29, 2014 at 7:30 P.M. Central Time
Final 1 2 3 OT SO Total
Nashville Predators 2 2 0 0 0 4
Chicago Blackhawks 0 3 1 0 1 5

Scoring Summary

Period Time Team Goal Scorer Assists Current Score
1st Period 11:50 NSH R. Josi (5) P. Gaustad (5) 1-0 NSH
1st Period 17:12 NSH C. Smith (11) M. Ribeiro (21) C. Wilson (9) 2-0 NSH
2nd Period 7:28 NSH J. Neal (12) C. Wilson (10) P. Rinne (1) 3-0 NSH
2nd Period 10:33 CHI B. Richards (7) C. Versteeg (18) D. Keith (15) 3-1 NSH
2nd Period 15:48 CHI A. Shaw (6) P. Sharp (11) B. Seabrook (15) 3-2 NSH
2nd Period 17:43 CHI M. Hossa (8) Power Play P. Kane (22) D. Keith (16) 3-3 Tied
2nd Period 19:04 NSH J. Neal (13) Power Play F. Forsberg (21) R. Josi (17) 4-3 NSH
3rd Period 18:47 CHI B. Bickell D. Rundblad (5) D. Keith (17) 4-4 Tied

Penalty Summary

Period Time Team Player Penalty PIM
1st Period 9:45 NSH C. Wilson Hooking 2:00
1st Period 15:05 CHI B. Saad Interference 2:00
2nd Period 00:45 NSH T. Beck Slashing 2:00
2nd Period 2:56 CHI J. Oduya Hooking 2:00
2nd Period 8:26 NSH S. Weber High sticking 2:00
2nd Period 15:59 NSH R. Josi Roughing 2:00
2nd Period 15:59 CHI P. Sharp Slashing 2:00
2nd Period 16:47 NSH M. Ekholm Holding 2:00
2nd Period 18:58 CHI Served by A. Shaw Too many men 2:00
3rd Period 3:37 CHI N. Hjamarlsson Tripping 2:00
3rd Period 8:45 NSH R. Josi Cross checking 2:00
3rd Period 14:20 CHI N. Hjamarlsson High sticking 2:00

Shots on Goal

By Period 1 2 3 OT Total
Nashville Predators 18 11 8 3 40
Chicago Blackhawks 12 16 9 5 42

Optimistic Thoughts: The two best teams in the NHL played against each other tonight. Sorry Pittsburgh and Anaheim, but Chicago and Nashville have claimed those two spots at this point in the season. The Predators took it to the Blackhawks in the first period and gained a two goal lead thanks to great plays by Roman Josi and the trio of Ribeiro, Wilson, and Smith. A wild second period saw the Predators three goal lead disappear until James Neal notched his second in the same period to regain the lead. A strong third period from the Predators, but Chicago was able to sneak one in through Rinne’s legs with just over a minute in regulation. While they failed in the shootout, a great effort against a great team.

Pessimistic Thoughts: You can’t relax when playing against a cup contending team in the Chicago Blackhawks. Nashville took a 3-0 lead then watched it go to waste in a short amount of time with a few too many penalties committed to allow Chicago to regain momentum and fire shot attempts on Rinne. A strict focus needs to be held through the entire 60 minutes or leads will disappear before their eyes more often than not. Two different leads were unable to be held which allowed this came to go into overtime that resulted in a shootout loss