Chicago at Nashville

Erat lifts Predators over Blackhawks just 19 seconds into overtime

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Despite allowing the tying goal in the final minute of regulation, the Nashville Predators were confident heading into overtime.

Martin Erat scored at 19 seconds of overtime Thursday to give the Predators a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Erat, skating through the low slot, deflected a pass from Radek Bonk off Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook's skate by goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

"When I went on the ice with Radek, we just said that we are going to go for it," Erat said. "I just drove to the net, and Bonky made a great play. I think it went off my stick, off the defenseman and in the goal."

Alexander Radulov scored a goal and added two assists for the Predators.

The Predators scored the game's first goal, allowed three Chicago second-period goals and then scored three third-period goals, before allowing the tying goal from Jason Williams with 43 seconds remaining in regulation.

Williams' goal came with the Blackhawks on a power play, as well as with Khabibulin on the bench for an extra attacker.

"Kane made a great pass across the center, and I just tried to get it on net," Williams said. "Obviously, we are disappointed that we let a victory get away."

"We took a penalty there at the end, and they executed a nice play," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We are a pretty good third-period team, with or without the lead."

Nashville improved its record in the month of November to 6-0-1, with two of the victories coming against Central Division-rival Chicago.

"You have to give them credit for the way they came out in the third," Chicago coach Denis Savard said. "For us, the problem was coverage, we will get that fixed."

Standing in the left faceoff circle, Williams received a cross-ice pass from Patrick Kane and Williams' one-timer beat Nashville goaltender Chris Mason to the short-side.

The Blackhawks were 2-for-3 on the power play.

Jason Arnott, Vernon Fiddler and Radek Bonk also scored for the Predators. Jonathan Toews, James Wisniewski and Patrick Sharp were the other goal scorers for the Blackhawks.

"We were down two goals going into the third period, so it is huge to get two points out of this game," Fiddler said.

Toews' goal was his eighth of the season, which leads the Blackhawks and is also tops among NHL rookies.

Mason made 27 saves to get the win for the Predators, while Khabibulin made 32 saves in defeat for Chicago.

"The first period, we played them pretty straight-up, and then in the second period, we kind of let them dictate the play," Mason said. "In the third, we just came out and pretty much dominated them."

After winning three straight games, the Blackhawks lost for the second consecutive night.

Notes

  • Chicago defenseman Brent Sopel missed his second game in as many nights with the flu.
  • After killing all four Nashville power plays Thursday night, the Blackhawks have allowed just one power-play goal on the road in 31 times short-handed.
  • With two assists, Legwand recorded his 300th career NHL point.
  • Arnott has nine points in his past seven games.
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Radek Bonk's seventh goal ties him for the team lead with Jason Arnott, who also scores in the game. (AP)
Radek Bonk's seventh goal ties him for the team lead with Jason Arnott, who also scores in the game. (AP)
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Chicago (10-7-1)03104
Nashville  (10-7-1) «10315
Three Stars
A. Radulov
NSH


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
M. Erat
NSH


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
R. Bonk
NSH


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
10:56Jason Arnott (7), Snap Shot. Assist: Martin Erat, Marek Zidlicky
2ND PERIOD
05:11Power Play - Jonathan Toews (8), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
12:12James Wisniewski (5), Tip-In. Assist: Jim Vandermeer, Jason Williams
14:57Patrick Sharp (7), Tip-In. Assist: Duncan Keith
3RD PERIOD
04:55Alexander Radulov (4), Snap Shot. Assist: Vernon Fiddler, David Legwand
10:07Vernon Fiddler (5), Tip-In. Assist: David Legwand, Alexander Radulov
16:42Radek Bonk (7), Tip-In. Assist: Alexander Radulov, Dan Hamhuis
19:17Power Play - Jason Williams (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Patrick Kane
OT
19.0Martin Erat (5), Tip-In. Assist: Radek Bonk, Greg de Vries
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1ST PERIOD
57.0Perreault, 2 min, Hooking
08:11Tootoo, 2 min, Roughing
12:29Lang, 4 min, High-Sticking
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04:45Koistinen, 2 min, Holding the Stick
18:53Bourque, 2 min, Hooking
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19:04Hamhuis, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
OT
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Chicago8131031
Nashville8111736
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GoalieMINSSGA
Nikolai Khabibulin59:48325
Chris Mason 60:10274
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Linesmen - Pierre Racicot, David Brisebois
 
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