Saros makes 41 saves, Predators shut out Blackhawks


NASHVILLE — Juuse Saros made 41 saves for the Nashville Predators in a 3-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Saros’ shutout was his second this season and 13th in the NHL. He is 6-2-0 with a 1.13 goals-against average and .968 save percentage in his past eight starts.

Eeli Tolvanen, Colton Sissons and Luke Kunin scored for the Predators (20-18-1), who have won seven of their past eight games. 

Nashville is 5-0-0 against Chicago this season.

Kevin Lankinen made 18 saves for the Blackhawks (17-17-5), who have lost two straight and four of their past five games. 

Tolvanen gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 5:56 of the first period with a slap shot from the left circle on the power play. 

Sissons made it 2-0 at 10:14 of the second period. After being hooked on a shorthanded breakaway attempt by Blackhawks defenseman Adam Boqvist, Sissons beat Lankinen blocker side on a penalty shot.

Shortly after the Blackhawks failed to convert on a 5-on-3 power play that lasted 1:55, Kunin extended the lead to 3-0 at 9:54 of the third period on a rebound in the slot. Defenseman Jeremy Davies had the primary assist for his first NHL point.

Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson left the game in the second period following a collision with Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach and did not return.

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