Munro, Keith play major roles in tie

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The Blackhawks dressed nine rookies Monday night, and two of them—goaltender Adam Munro and winger Matt Keith—were the young men of the hour in a 2-2 overtime tie with the Nashville Predators.

Playing his first game in the NHL, Munro made 33 saves and was working on a shutout before Scott Walker scored on a power-play deflection, tying the score 1-1 with 9 minutes 5 seconds left in regulation.

The Predators took the lead when Kimmo Timonen scored in a four-on-four situation with 3:07 remaining, but Keith came to the rescue, jamming the puck past goalie Tomas Vokoun with 1:46 to play to force an OT.

It was the first NHL goal for Keith, and it came in his fifth game. One of the assists went to rookie Quintin Laing, who was playing in his second game and picked up his first point.

"To be out there that late in a game and know I was able to contribute was really, really exciting," Keith said.

Hawks coach Brian Sutter was ecstatic. "It's like a win when you play like that," he said. "I thought Adam was tremendous."

Munro, a first-round choice in the 2001 draft, was called up from Norfolk on Feb. 19. "It's a great opportunity, and I want to run with it," Munro said. "After I got the first period under my belt I felt pretty solid."

Hawk talk: When Tyler Arnason opened the scoring with a power-play goal early in the first period, it ended his 11-game goal drought. … Stephane Robidas went on the injured list. He suffered a slight fracture to the left cheekbone when he was hit by a puck in Sunday's game

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