Blackhawks fall to Predators in return from 13-day break


NASHVILLE — The Chicago Blackhawks lost in their first game in 14 days, 6-1 to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Tanner Jeannot scored two goals, and Mattias Ekholm had three assists for the Predators (20-11-2), who won for the eighth time in their past 10 games. Juuse Saros made 37 saves.

Philipp Kurashev scored for the Blackhawks (11-16-4), who had not played since Dec. 18, a 4-3 overtime loss at the Dallas Stars. They had four games postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. Collin Delia allowed three goals on seven shots in his season debut before being replaced by Arvid Soderblom, who made 15 saves in his NHL debut.

Chicago goalies Marc-Andre Fleury and Kevin Lankinen are in NHL COVID-19 protocol.

Filip Forsberg gave Nashville a 1-0 lead at 1:02 of the first period, taking a pass from Matt Duchene in the slot and scoring with a wrist shot for his Predators-high 15th goal of the season.

Ryan Johansen extended the lead to 2-0 at 5:53. Forsberg collected a loose puck near the left boards and passed to a cutting Johansen, who slipped a backhand behind Delia.

Nick Cousins scored on the power play at 19:13 when he deflected Ekholm’s shot to make it 3-0.

Jeannot increased the lead to 4-0 at 28 seconds of the second period. Roman Josi made it 5-0 at 5:34 with his Nashville-leading sixth power-play goal.

Kurashev cut it to 5-1 at 17:25 with a wrist shot from the right face-off circle to the far side.

Jeannot scored at 53 seconds of the third period for the 6-1 final.

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