Originally written on Section 303  |  Last updated 1/24/12
Coming into Tuesday night, both teams knew that whoever won was going to take over third place in the Central Division. Your Nashville Predators are now in third. The 21,279 inside United Center witnessed their beloved Chicago Blackhawks drop a 3-1 decision to the Preds, thereby falling behind Nashville in the Western Conference standings by way of less wins. The Preds will head into the NHL All-Star Break with a 30-16-4 record. Speaking of a ridiculous record, Pekka Rinne continued his Vezina Trophy dance, making 25 saves on 26 shots to extend his consecutive win streak to nine games. The 6’4″ Kempele, Finland native is 28-11-4 on the year. He needs just six more wins the rest of the way in order to post his best season ever. Rookie Craig Smith opened the scoring midway through the opening period. With newcomer Brandon Yip planted in front creating a screen, Smith fired a wrist shot past Corey Crawford. The Preds weathered a Chicago storm and then added insult to injury by scoring ...
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