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Blackhawks beat Predators 5-4 for 7th straight win

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 19, 2013 at 11:29 pm •  Published: April 19, 2013

"He's here not for his scoring prowess, but to do a lot of other things for us," coach Joel Quenneville said. "But certainly nice to see him get on the board."

The Predators then tied it when Bobby Butler rushed in for a rebound score with 3½ minutes remaining, beating Corey Crawford high into the net.

"The effort to compete was there," Halischuk said. "We did all the good things, but unfortunately didn't get the two points."

The dramatic finish came after a crazy first period that featured a pair of goals for each team.

Keith's third of the season and first in 14 games put Chicago in front. But the Predators responded with a pair of rebound scores. First, Halischuk poked the puck through Crawford's legs to tie it at 1 at 6:31. Then Butler drove to the net and Henderson slammed it home in a scrum in front of the goal.

"I was fortunate to get the goal there and help the team out, but it was just an amazing experience for me," Henderson said. "I was just by myself, and knew I got a stick on it. I was just ecstatic."

Nashville's lead didn't last very long, with Saad tying it at 2 with his 10th of the season at 13:36. Saad, a contender for the Calder Trophy awarded to the NHL's top rookie, has seven goals and 15 assists in his last 24 games.

NOTES: G Ray Emery (lower body), D Michal Rozsival (upper body) and RW Patrick Sharp (upper body) were among the scratches for Chicago. Quenneville said Emery will be out again when the Blackhawks host Phoenix on Saturday night. ... The Blackhawks held a pregame ceremony to honor longtime broadcaster Pat Foley for his 30 seasons with the team. Foley was presented with a commemorative painting and platinum microphone. "I feel very blessed," Foley told the sellout crowd of 22,014. ... Cs Mike Fisher and Paul Gaustad, LW Gabriel Bourque and RW Patric Hornqvist were the notable scratches for the Predators. ... Henderson was recalled from Milwaukee of the AHL on Friday morning.


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