Predators 3, Blackhawks 0
CHICAGO (AP) _ Tomas Vokoun stopped 22 shots for his first shutout of the season and third career as the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 Thursday night for their third straight victory.
Marian Cisar, Cliff Ronning and Ville Peltonen scored for the Predators, who moved back over .500 (10-9-5-1). Dave Legwand had two assists.
The Blackhawks dropped to 2-7-0-1 at the United Center. At home this season, Chicago has scored just 14 goals and has been shut out three times. Chicago played its first home game since Nov. 10 after completing an eight-game road trip. The Blackhawks, 3-3-2 on the swing, are 6-6-2-1 on the road.
After a scoreless first period, Cisar gave Nashville a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 3:02 of the second. He connected from the edge of the crease after Vitali Yachmenev threaded a pass from the right corner past Chicago defenseman Stephane Quintal.
Ronning made it 2-0 with 7:22 left in the period when he whipped a loose puck in the slot over Jocelyn Thibault’s glove.
Peltonen extended Nashville’s lead to 3-0 during a 4-on-4 at 3:06 of the third. After weaving through the Chicago defense, he beat Thibault with a point-blank back-hander.
In the game’s waning minutes, Vokoun had to make several tough saves _ including a point-blank stop on Steve Sullivan _ to preserve the shutout.
Notes: Thibault made his ninth straight start. Vokoun started for the 15th consecutive game, extending a team record. ... Since moving to the United Center from Chicago Stadium in 1994-95, the Blackhawks are 101-107-30-1.