Bonino’s natural hat trick lifts Predators past Blackhawks
- Nick Bonino got his third NHL hat trick, and Pekka Rinne made 20 saves for the Nashville Predators in a 3-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.
- It was Rinne’s second consecutive shutout.
“If you look at [Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner], he was on fire,” Rinne said. “He was the only reason this game was reasonable for them. I haven’t been part of that kind of game I don’t think in my career. We played extremely well throughout the game, didn’t have any lapses. Just kept going and generating more and more, but for me personally, it was one of the easier shutouts.”
- Rocco Grimaldi had three assists, and Craig Smith had two assists for the Predators (8-3-1), who have won four straight games.
- Lehner made 48 saves for the Blackhawks (3-6-2), who are 1-4-1 in their past six games.
“[Lehner] was vocal, he had energy,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. “He would come to the bench and he always had something positive to say, despite the fact that we were pretty much hanging him out to dry every single shift. He made some huge stops. It could’ve been a 10-0 game if it wasn’t for him.”
- Toews has two points (one goal, one assist) in 11 games. …
- Predators forward Filip Forsberg has missed the past six games with a lower-body injury.
- He participated in practice Monday in a non-contact jersey and participated in morning skate Tuesday. …
- Predators forward Matt Duchene returned to the lineup after missing their last game because of a lower-body injury.
- He had two takeaways in 16:49 of ice time. …
- Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game.
Sources & Credits: Robby Stanley / NHL.com, NAS Predators, CHI Blackhawks