Three players pair up on offense as Predators defeat Blackhawks

Friday, December 4, 2009 at 9:28pm
Staff reports

Jordin Tootoo, Dan Hamhuis and Martin Erat all had a pair of points (one goal, one assist) as the Nashville Predators snapped their two-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Friday at Chicago.

Tootoo, forward, and Hamhuis, a defenseman, had two goals between them coming into the night.

Hamhuis scored with 2:58 to play in the first period and tied the game 1-1. Tootoo scored the first of third-period Predators’ goals in a span of 35 seconds with 2:03 to go and effectively put the game out of reach.

Tootoo also had an assist on Erat’s goal at 7:01 of the second period, which turned out to be the game-winner, and Hamhuis had an assist on Joel Ward’s goal, which came shortly after Tootoo’s.

Center Cal O’Reilly, who was recalled earlier in the day, registered his first point of the season with an assist on Hamhuis’ goal.

The Blackhawks outshot the Predators 35-23, but goalie Dan Ellis made 34 saves in just his second appearance since Nov. 10. The only time this season Ellis faced more shots was in a season-opening victory at Dallas.

The Predators will be back in action Saturday against Minnesota (7 p.m., Sommet Center) in the second meeting between the teams in four days. The Wild won 5-4 in overtime on Wednesday at Minnesota.