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Thursday, October 29, 2009
FINAL
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Predators 0 1 1 2
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GOAL SCORERS

NSH:   J. Ward (PPG, 14:53 - 2nd) , J. Smithson (EN, 19:56 - 3rd)
GOALIES

CHI: C. Huet (L)
 NSH: P. Rinne (W)
Predators 2, Blackhawks 0
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators put it all together - at the Chicago Blackhawks' expense.

"Guys went to the net hard and battled," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "The power play came through. The penalty kill was good. We got good goaltending."

Rinne made 22 saves for his first shutout of the season and fifth overall, and Joel Ward scored on a second-period power play in Nashville's 2-0 victory Thursday night.

Jerred Smithson added a short-handed empty-net goal with 4 seconds left to help the Predators beat the Blackhawks for the first time in three games this season.

"You knew they were going to be hungry and desperate because the first two outcomes weren't in their favor," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "The difference was we didn't cash in on our opportunities."

Ward scored with 5:07 left in the second period. Francis Bouillon sent the puck in front of the net from the lower edge of the left faceoff circle, and Ward, stationed in front of the crease, redirected it past goalie Cristobal Huet.

"Every coach says that he wants his team to go hard to the net," Ward said. "It is important for us because of our lack of goals. We're missing Jason Arnott and Martin Erat in the lineup. We've just to to keep it simple and make things happen."

Nashville has won two straight and three of their last four games.

"We're getting lots of traffic and lot of pucks loose in the crease on the power play," Trotz said. "Our power play has come through the last couple of games.

"We're just pounding pucks, making good solid decisions and going to the hard areas. That's how you have to do it on the power play."

Pekka was coming off a 4-3 victory Wednesday night at Minnesota.

"It helps any team to get a goaltender on a roll," Trotz said. "Both Pekka and Dan Ellis have been fine."

NOTES: Chicago's Brent Seabrook was back in the lineup following what was believed to be concussion-related symptoms. ... Erat was scratched because of a lower-body injury. ... The Predators have scored a power-play goal in each of their last two games.


Three star selections
1st:   PEKKA RINNE
2nd:   JOEL WARD
3rd:   CRISTOBAL HUET
Winning Goaltender
Pekka Rinne

Losing Goaltender
Cristobal Huet

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - SJS 82 51 20 11 264 215 113
2 y - CHI 82 52 22 8 271 209 112
3 y - VAN 82 49 28 5 272 222 103
4 x - PHX 82 50 25 7 225 202 107
5 x - DET 82 44 24 14 229 216 102
6 x - LAK 82 46 27 9 241 219 101
7 x - NSH 82 47 29 6 225 225 100
8 x - COL 82 43 30 9 244 233 95
9 STL 82 40 32 10 225 223 90
10 CGY 82 40 32 10 204 210 90
11 ANA 82 39 32 11 238 251 89
12 DAL 82 37 31 14 237 254 88
13 MIN 82 38 36 8 219 246 84
14 CBJ 82 32 35 15 216 259 79
15 EDM 82 27 47 8 214 284 62

STATS

2009-2010 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Toews 22 7 22 -1 29
P. Kane 22 10 18 -2 28
P. Sharp 22 11 11 10 22
D. Keith 22 2 15 2 17
D. Byfuglien 22 11 5 -4 16
D. Bolland 22 8 8 6 16
M. Hossa 22 3 12 7 15
K. Versteeg 22 6 8 4 14
B. Seabrook 22 4 7 8 11
T. Brouwer 19 4 4 -1 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Huet 0 0 0 1.000 0.00
A. Niemi 16 6 0 .910 2.63
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