Pekka Rinne made 24 saves for his ninth straight win and the surging Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 Tuesday night in the teams' final game before the All-Star break.
The Predators are now 12-2 in their last 14 and have beaten the Blackhawks twice in the last four days. Rinne has played a major role in the run, going 12-1-0 since Dec. 28.
Craig Smith and Mike Fisher had first-period goals for the Predators and Colin Wilson added an empty netter with 12.8 seconds left . Dave Bolland had Chicago's goal on a power play in the final period.
After Bolland scored on a nice pass from Marian Hossa at 7:20 of the final period, Rinne faced two more power plays and the Preds were able to hold off the Hawks.
Chicago played without captain Jonathan Toews, who was placed on injured reserve with a wrist injury and will also miss this weekend's All-Star game. The Blackhawks, who lost 5-2 to the Predators in Nashville on Saturday night, are also without injured Patrick Sharp....