Blackhawks fall to Predators, 3-2

Paul Skrbina, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Hockey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The backup plan never was going to change.

So it was only a matter of time -- 3 minutes, 16 seconds, it turned out -- Tuesday before one Forsberg crossed paths with another when the Blackhawks faced the Predators.

Nashville's leading scorer, Filip Forsberg, made good on a rebound that whizzed by backup goalie Anton Forsberg early during the first period of the Blackhawks' 3-2 loss.

Despite a blowout of the Ducks on Monday, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he never entertained the idea of benching starter Corey Crawford during that game in favor of saving him for the Predators.

"Umm, I don't know if I've ever gone that route in the course of a game," Quenneville said. "I don't know if I think like that. You'd have to ask the goalie."

And so a day after his 25th birthday Forsberg started for the fifth time this season, and first since Nov. 11. It was the sixth time the Predators had faced a backup goalie in 13 games this month. They won their first five.


Chants of "Forsberg, you suck!" -- directed at Anton, per Nashville tradition -- still were fresh in the air inside Bridgestone Arena a shade more than two minutes later when Tommy Wingels made good on a pass from Alex DeBrincat pretty enough to win a beauty pageant to tie the score 1-1.

But the deadlock dissipated early in the second.

His face an angry shade of red, Quenneville issued a challenge after a review deemed a Predators go-ahead goal good 3:48 into the period.

Quenneville wore a blank look moments later when he stood behind the bench and absorbed the news that the puck that ricocheted off Austin Watson's right glove and into the net behind Anton Forsberg would stand.


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