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Forsberg Leads Predators Past Blackhawks 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) — Filip Forsberg scored a minute into overtime for his second goal of the game, and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JANUARY 09: Alex DeBrincat #12 of the Chicago Blackhawks hits the ice after colliding with Pekka Rinne #35 and Rocco Grimaldi #23 of the Nashville Predators at the United Center on January 09, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Colton Sissons and Viktor Arvidsson also scored to help the Predators improve to 3-0-1 on a six-game trip. Ryan Johansen and Mattias Ekholm each had two assists, and Pekka Rinne made 28 saves.

Nashville had a 3-2 lead before Patrick Kane flipped a pass into the middle to Artem Anisimov, who slid a shot under Rinne with 2:21 left in regulation. Anisimov stopped a seven-game drought with his eighth of the season.

But Forsberg stepped up in overtime, driving to the net and flipping a shot over Collin Delia’s left shoulder for his 16th of the season. Forsberg just returned to the Predators’ lineup on Monday after missing 17 games with a hand injury.

Chicago lost for the fourth time in five games. Alex DeBrincat and Jonathan Toews also scored for the Blackhawks, and Kane had two assists.

Nashville jumped in front on Sissons’ ninth of the season, but Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis was sent off for hooking 17:03 into the first and the Blackhawks capitalized on the power-play opportunity. DeBrincat extended his goal-scoring streak to three games when he drove a cross-ice pass from Kane under Rinne’s stick for No. 21 on the year.

The tie lasted all of eight seconds. Arvidsson got a stretch pass from P.K. Subban, avoided Delia’s stick and stuffed home a backhand to make it 2-1 Predators with 2:01 left in the period.

Nashville increased its lead to 3-1 after Chicago defenseman Connor Murphy was penalized for hooking in the second. Forsberg beat Delia with a wrist shot at 16:26 for his first goal since Nov. 21.

The Predators got another power-play chance after David Kampf was whistled for tripping late in the period. But Toews got a nice pass from Marcus Kruger and sent a shot by Rinne on the stick side for just the fourth short-handed goal of the season for the Blackhawks.

Rinne Makes 37 Saves As Predators Beat Blackhawks, 3-2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne made 37 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

Filip Forsberg, Austin Watson and Roman Josi scored goals for the Predators, who have won 10 of 12.

Tommy Wingels and Lance Bouma had the goals for Chicago, which had its two-game winning streak snapped.

With Nashville clinging to a one-goal lead late in the third, Rinne made his best save of the night when he denied Nick Schmaltz’s backhand from just outside the crease on a shorthanded breakaway. He later denied WIngels with the left pad in the game’s final minute.

Forsberg opened the scoring at 3:16 of the first period.

Chicago goaltender Anton Forsberg stopped Filip Forsberg’s initial attempt from the high slot, and the rebound deflected off of the right skate of Arvidsson, who was stationed just outside the Chicago crease. The puck drifted to the right, where Nashville’s top goal scorer tapped in his 12th of the season.

Chicago tied it nearly two minutes later when Alex DeBrincat sent a pass to Wingels skating through the slot, where he redirected the puck over the glove of a diving Rinne.

Anton Forsberg made 28 saves.

Watson made it 2-1 at 3:48 of the second when Matt Irwin’s shot from the left point was off the mark but deflected off of Watson’s body and into the Chicago net. Officials upheld the goal after a challenge by the Blackhawks, who thought Watson had interfered with Anton Forsberg.

Josi scored a power-play goal at 2:32 of the third with a slap shot from above the left faceoff circle.

Nashville entered Tuesday with the league’s best home power play conversion rate at 41.5%. The Predators were 1-4 in the game with the man advantage.

Bouma cut the lead to 3-2 midway through the third from the lower part of the right faceoff circle.

NOTES: Nashville has scored at least one power-play goal in each of its 11 home games. … The Predators are 9-1-1 at home. … Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane failed to record a point in the game, ending his point-scoring streak at seven games. … Chicago is 2-5-0 against fellow Central Division teams. … Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker attended the game.

UP NEXT:

Blackhawks: Host Dallas on Thursday.

Predators: Host Vancouver on Thursday.

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