"That's the one move that I have — that's all I do," the defenseman said after helping lift the Blackhawks to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Predators on Monday night at the United Center. "I've been kind of lucky in scoring with that move during practice, so I went with it."
"We've seen it a few times in the practices," said Patrick Kane, who scored in regulation to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead they held into the third period before the Predators clawed back to tie it. "He does the same move every time. He pulls it to his backhand and he seems to score every time. I thought it was a good call for the coaches to put him in there and the wily veteran he is, he stuffed it into the net."
Brandon Saad also had a goal in regulation and goalie Corey Crawford bounced back after a shaky third period to make four stops in the shootout to pick up the win as he outdueled Rinne. The Predators, who got goals from David Legwand and Taylor Beck in the third to stun the Hawks, earned a point but dropped their third in a row.
"We have to know that teams like that are going to come and try to get back into those games," Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "That's the way they play. They play a slow and steady game and keep it close. We carried the pace and controlled the game for 40 minutes, and once you take a few shifts off and you're not sharp like we'd been all game, they take advantage of it. We made a few mistakes and got caught flat on our heels and there you go, it's a tie game."
Already playing without wingers Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp, the Hawks lost center Dave Bolland after he was hit in the foot by a Shea Weber shot during the first period. He left in the second period and didn't return. The veteran is considered day-to-day.
The game was the first of three meetings between the teams in a week as they will face off for home-and-home games this weekend.
"If you look at their roster, it's not like they have any really crazy names that stick out at you, but they work well as a team and they fight really hard defensively," Kane said. "We have to ... just be ready for an effort like that because they never quit."