Jarnkrok, Kunin propel Predators past Blackhawks


NASHVILLE — Calle Jarnkrok and Luke Kunin each scored a goal and an assist for the Nashville Predators in a 5-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena on Monday.

Juuse Saros made 30 saves for the Predators (25-21-1), who lost their previous two games.

Kevin Lankinen allowed five goals on 22 shots and was pulled in the opening minute of the third period for the Blackhawks (21-20-5), who are 0-4-2 against Nashville this season. Malcolm Subban made eight saves.

It was the opener of a three-game series. The teams will play at Chicago on Wednesday.

Matt Duchene scored on a redirection for his first goal since Feb. 11 at 6:22 of the first period to give the Predators a 1-0 lead. It was Duchene’s second game back after he missed 22 games because of a lower-body injury.

Alex DeBrincat tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal at 15:14 of the first on a backhand pass from Pius Suter.

Jarnkrok, who played his 500th NHL game, gave the Predators a 2-1 lead at 4:48 of the second period on a pass from behind the net from Mikael Granlund.

Mattias Ekholm made it 3-1 at 5:39 of the second.

David Kampf scored from the slot for his first goal of the season to make it 3-2 at 11:52 of the second period. Adam Gaudette, who was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks on April 11, got an in his Blackhawks debut.

Tanner Jeannot gave the Predators a 4-2 lead 23 seconds into the third period on a redirection of a pass by Ryan Ellis, and Kunin scored 18 seconds later to make it 5-2 at :41 of the third.

Lankinen was pulled after Kunin’s goal.

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