Kane, Lalime Lead Hawks in 3-1 Win

Chicago wins fourth straight despite playoff elimination
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2008 12:07 AM CDT
Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators in Chicago, Friday, April 4, 2008.    ((AP Photo/Brian Kersey))
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(Newser) – NHL rookie scoring leader Patrick Kane recorded his 20th goal and had an assist, and Patrick Lalime made 29 saves in the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Friday night. Rookies Jonathan Toews and Adam Burish also scored for Chicago, which won its fourth straight. Rich Peverley scored for Nasvhille, which lost for the first time in regulation following a 5-0-1 stretch.

The loss locked the Predators, who played their final regular-season game, into eighth place and the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. Nashville will face league-leading Detroit in the opening postseason round. The Blackhawks were eliminated from the playoffs for the ninth time in 10 seasons on Thursday night when Nashville defeated St. Louis.