Predators Slip By Blackhawks

Ellis has 32 saves and hold off Chicago in shootout
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 22, 2008 7:18 PM CDT
Nashville Predators right wing Brandon Bochenski (24) is defended by Chicago Blackhawks' Duncan Keith (2) during an NHL game today. At left is Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (39).    (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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(Newser) – The Nashville Predators broke a six-game home losing streak today with a 2-1 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks, reports the Associated Press. Rich Peverley and Alexander Radulov both scored on goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, as the Predators improved to 3-5 in shootouts. Dan Ellis stopped 2 of 3 attempts in the shootout and had 37 saves for Nashville, which moved within 2 points of Colorado for the West's final playoff spot.

Arnott scored the first goal for the Predators after Khabibulin blocked a Shea Weber shot. Nashville, which snapped a four-game losing streak to Chicago, improved to 30-5-4 when scoring the first goal. Andrew Ladd tied it later in the period for the Blackhawks. Chicago outshot Nashville 16-10 in the third period and forced Ellis to stop seven shots in overtime.