NHL Playoffs: Predators grab 2-1 series lead over Blackhawks


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — David Legwand scored the go-ahead goal and had two assists, and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Tuesday night for the franchise’s first 2-1 lead ever in an opening-round series.

The Predators have never won more than two games in any of their first four playoff appearances.

Game 4 is here Thursday night.

Joel Ward and Shea Weber also scored for Nashville, and Martin Erat scored on a penalty shot late. The Predators more than made up for the absence of top goal scorer Patric Hornqvist, scratched for a second straight game with an injury.

Tomas Kopecky scored a power-play goal for Chicago, which won a franchise-record 23 road games in earning the West’s No. 2 seed. The Blackhawks are just 8-18 all-time when losing two of the first three games.