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Stalock's 35 saves lead Blackhawks over Predators 2-1

Alex Stalock made 35 saves to lead the Chicago Blackhawks over the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Thursday night.


Lukas Reichel and Joey Anderson scored for Chicago.


Roman Josi scored late and Juuse Saros stopped 19 shots for Nashville.


Reichel was credited with the game’s first goal with 47 seconds remaining in the opening period.


The Blackhawks entered the Nashville zone on a 2-on-1 break. On the left side, Reichel’s pass attempt was blocked by the stick of sliding Predators defenseman Dante Fabbro. The puck deflected off Fabbro’s stick and on net. Saros stopped it, but Fabbro’s momentum caused him to crash into Saros and knock both the goaltender and the puck into the net in the process.


Stalock denied Matt Duchene on a penalty shot at 13:40 of the second period. Duchene fumbled the puck and did not get much on a wrist shot that was easily turned aside by Stalock.


The penalty shot was awarded when Stalock was whistled for throwing his stick as Nashville’s Rasmus Asplund stickhandled behind the Chicago net.


Stalock’s best save of the game came at 11:15 of the first, when he denied Philip Tomasino on a breakaway. Tomasino tried to snap a wrist shot between Stalock’s pads, but the goaltender was able to squeeze them together just in time.


Anderson added an insurance goal at 8:01 of the third off an assist from Boris Katchouk, who has four points in his last two games.


Josi spoiled Stalock’s shutout bid with 24.5 seconds remaining and Saros pulled for an extra skater.

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