James Neal, center, buried a rebound into an open net to complete the hat trick and give Nashville a 3-1.
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) -
James Neal registered his fifth career hat trick and the Nashville Predators beat the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Thursday night.
Pekka Rinne turned away 30 shots for the Predators, who have picked up at least a point in each of their first seven games (5-0-2). It's the longest the team has gone without a regulation loss to open a season since starting the 2010-11 campaign with a 5-0-3 record.
Ben Smith and Andrew Shaw supplied the goals in Chicago's (4-1-1) first regulation loss of the season. Antti Raanta, making his second consecutive start in place of Corey Crawford (upper-body injury), stopped 24 shots.
Jets grounded once again
Dan Di Sciullo, NHL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
It's not even two weeks into the NHL season but the walls already are closing in on Paul Maurice and the Winnipeg Jets.
Maurice fielded one tough question after another about his 1-4 Jets at a Monday press conference before finally losing his cool and uttering a certain four-letter word.
When CBC reporter Jeff Hamilton told Winnipeg's head coach how Jets forward Blake Wheeler said it wasn't "the players' jobs to keep other teammates accountable," Maurice didn't raise his voice, but his harsh response revealed a frustrated man who is running out of answers.