Predators spoil Blackhawks home opener with 3-2 shootout win

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CHICAGO (AP) -Rich Peverley and J.P. Dumont scored scored in the shootout to lift the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.

Shea Weber and Kevin Klein scored in regulation and Dan Ellis stopped 23 shots as the Predators spoiled the Blackhawks' home opener. Ellis stopped Patrick Kane and Martin Havlat in the shootout to secure the win.

Havlat and Patrick Sharp each had a goal and an assist in regulation for Chicago, which dropped to 0-2-1.

Cristobal Huet made 25 saves in his first regular-season home start for the Blackhawks after signing a four-year, $22.45 million free-agent contract with Chicago on July 1.

Ellis, who has started all three of the Predators games so far, was especially sharp in the first period, blocking several point-blank attempts by Chicago.

Havlat opened the scoring 6:14 in during a 5-on-3 power play. Standing at the left edge of the crease, he redirected Kane's cross-ice feed past Ellis.

Weber tied it 1-all with a power-play goal midway though the first. He beat Huet on a screened shot from the left point.

Klein gave the Predators a 2-1 lead with 7:11 left in the first on breakaway goal set up by Kane's errant pass.

After serving a slashing call, Klein stepped out of the penalty box and corralled Kane's pass that originated in the Nashville zone. Kane was trying to make a pass to the point.

Instead, the puck landed on Klein's stick, enabling him to skate in alone and beat Huet with a high shot.

Sharp tied it at 2 just 29 seconds into the second by hacking in a loose rebound.

Following a scoreless third, Chicago's Brent Seabrook fired high on a chance from the slot early in overtime.

Notes: Nashville C Jason Arnott suffered an undetermined injury in the second period and didn't return. ... The game drew a sellout crowd of 21,712. ... The Blackhawks say they have boosted season ticket sales from 3,400 last year to nearly 14,000 this season, a franchise record. ... Chicago D Niklas Hjalmarsson missed his second game with bruised ribs. The Blackhawks recalled D Aaron Johnson from Rockford of the AHL on Monday to take his place. ... Nashville C Nick Tarnaksy misssed his third game and is out day-to-day with a thumb injury.



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