Saturday night's 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks was a big win for the Predators who are trying to run with the pack in the unbelievable Central Division that is dominating the NHL this season. The fact that they improved their intra-division record to 9-2-2 is astounding.
The Blackhawks were at a distinct disadvantage coming into the game having played the night before and then running in to trouble getting out of Chicago after the game. However, the Predators did play a solid sixty minute game and held the Hawks to only two shots in the opening period.
The game was tied heading into the second period but an odd dump in goal by Kevin Klein at 5:15 in the middle stanza seemed to break the spirit of Hawks goalie Corey Crawford and he continued to look shaky until he was pulled after Sergei Kostitsyn's goal at 16:03 that extended the Preds lead to 4-1.
Pekka Rinne continued his stellar play and is now 16-2-0 since December 8.
The Predators have Sunday off and then complete their pre-All-Star game slate with Columbus at the Bridgestone on Monday and then a trip to play the Hawks again in Chicago on Tuesday.
Here is our game story from last night, Barry Trotz's postgame presser, and a video and comment from Kostitsyn on his highlight reel shot. Make the jump for the full round-up of everything from the game...
Main Stream Media...
Josh Cooper: (The Tennessean) Game story - Notes - Postgame Ponderings
David Boclair (The City Paper)
Paul Cook (Preds.com)
John Manasso (NHL.com)
Jim Diamond (The Examiner)
Ryan Porth (Smashville 24/7) Game Story - One More Thing
Amanda DiPaolo (Inside Smashville)
Mark Willoughby (The View from 111)
Robby Stanley (Hockey Night in Nashville)
Jeremy Gover (Section 303) Game Story - LeftGovers
Patten Fuqua (Puck Scene)
Dirk Hoag (On The Forecheck)
Paul McCann (HockeyBuzz)
Kris Martel (Predatorial)
Laura Hutchings (Lady Preds)
Second City Hockey
The Sun Times
The Daily Herald
Audio from the Predators comes from....
From Chicago, we hear from...
Coach Joel Quenneville
Three Stars of the Game...
1. Kevin Klein
2. Sergei Kostitsyn
3. Marian Hunter
Highlights come from NHL.com....
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass