Granlund scores, provides assist as Predators win over Blackhawks 4-3
April 17, 2022
In a nail-biting 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena, the Nashville Predators held on for the victory with the help of a goal and an assist from Mikael Granlund. The Predators had scored just four goals in their previous four games, including a 4-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday (1-2-1).
Filip Forsberg has contributed two assists during the game, and Juuse Saros made 28 saves. The victory against the Blackhawks brought the Predators two extra points over the Dallas Stars, which are in second place in the Western Conference race for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
"I think we were engaged in the game the way we needed to (be)," said Nashville coach John Hynes. "We were ready to start the game on time. I think it was more to the identity that we want to be able to play with from a readiness standpoint and from a style of game standpoint.
"Coming off the Edmonton game, I think this was a step in the right direction. We're going to have to build on that going into [Sunday's] game against St. Louis."
Early in the first period of the game, Alex Vlasic of the Chicago Blackhawks hit Lauzon. Predators' defenseman Jeremy Lauzon injured his leg after 33 seconds on the rink. Lauzon had no comeback to the game after the team took him off the field.
The Blackhawks' Patrick Kane scored one goal and added an assist, while Dominik Kubalik and Riley Stillman scored. Chicago goalkeeper Kevin Lankinen made 30 saves in the win, and Alex DeBrincat contributed two assists.
Granlund scored his 10th goal in the third period, which proved to be the game-winner. Stillman responds for the Blackhawks with 5:29 remaining.
"This time of year, the only thing you really care about is those two points and we found a way," Granlund said.
During the first period, Tolvanen scored the game's first goal, beating Lankinen high to the glove side from the left circle at 3:22, along with Kane, who tied the game at 7:31.
DeBrincat sent Kane and Dylan Strome away on a 2-on-1 rush with a breakout pass from inside the Chicago zone to Strome. Kane was on the right side of the ice when Strome found him, and the forward beat Saros with a wrist shot between the pads.
Kubalik's goal took a brief 2-1 lead for Chicago at 5:15 in the second period. Josi tied the game 43 seconds later with the sides skating 4-on-4, scoring his 20th goal of the season in the process.
In the second recess, after a Granlund pass with 25.3 seconds remaining in the period, Duchene put Nashville ahead 3-2.
Blackhawks disputed over Duchene's goals right after Josi scored. According to the video review, Duchene had preceded the puck across the blue line, it was then ruled that his goal was not counted. It isn't the first time for Predators. In three consecutive games, the Predators' goals had been revoked due to an opponent challenge for plays being offside.