Kane stars as Blackhawks pound Predators 7-2Chicago Blackhawks center David Kampf (64), of the Czech Republic, is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators in the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
The Blackhawks improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven games. It was a markedly different performance than their first meeting with Nashville this season, a dominant 3-0 win for the Predators on Oct. 29.
Kane's third-period goal extended his goal-scoring streak to five games and his point streak to eight.
The Blackhawks grabbed control with two in the first and second periods.
Gustafsson beat Rinne with a wrist shot through traffic 6:33 into the first. After Nashville defenseman Matt Irwin turned the puck over in the right corner, Kirby Dach found Kubalik all alone in front for his fifth goal with 1:56 left in the opening period.
Chicago kept the pressure on in the second. Seabrook handcuffed Rinne with a backhand from the high slot at 1:51, and Kampf chased Rinne with a slap shot from the slot at 11:39 after a nifty passing sequence.
It was the second time in just over a week that Rinne was yanked from the net. In Nashville's Nov. 7 blowout loss at Colorado, Rinne was pulled in the second after allowing four goals on 23 shots.
Josi ended Lehner's shutout bid 3:40 into the third when he knocked in the rebound of a Matt Duchene shot.
NOTES: Chicago is 7-1-3 when scoring first this season. ... With an assist on Kane's goal, Chicago RW Alex DeBrincat extended his assist streak to three games. ... Kane has 58 points in 63 career regular-season games against Nashville.
Blackhawks: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.
Predators: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.
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