Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) makes a stick-save on a shot by Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) as defenseman Kevin Klein (8) helps Rinne during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, in Chicago. (AP)
CHICAGO (AP) - Pekka Rinne made 24 saves for his ninth straight win and the surging Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 Tuesday night in the teams' final game before the All-Star break.
The Predators are now 12-2 in their last 14 and have beaten the Blackhawks twice in the last four days. Rinne has played a major role in the run, going 12-1-0 since Dec. 28.
Craig Smith and Mike Fisher had first-period goals for the Predators and Colin Wilson added an empty netter with 12.8 seconds left. Dave Bolland had Chicago's goal on a power play in the final period.
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