Nick Bonino hat trick helps Predators 3-0 win

Nick Bonino hat trick helps Predators 3-0 win

Nick Bonino hat trick helps Predators 3-0 win

Nick Bonino scored third hat trick of his career which helps Nashville Predators a 3-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Predators improved its season high winning streak to 4 games in a row.

The Blackhawks were blanked for the 2nd time in 3 games. They allowed fifty-one shots but stayed within reach for the majority of the game cos goaltender Robin Lehner made fourty-eight saves, 5 off his career high.

Predators grabbed a 1-0 lead with 2:04 remaining in the first period. Bonino lost his footing in front of the crease but he turned to his backhand, slipped a shot past Lehner as he fell to the ice.

Bonino scored again midway through the 2nd period to give Predators a 2-0 lead. Bonino punched in a loose puck from near the front of the crease.

Hat trick came next for Bonino, again lingered near the front of the crease, knocked in his 3rd goal at 3:40 of the third period. He watched as a long shot from the blue line deflected off Lehner, and bonino quickly spotted the rebound, swatted it in for his 6th goal of the season.

Predators piled on 40 shots during the first 2 periods. Bonino made several stops on point blank attempts in the 2nd period, including a sprawling save to his right to deny Viktor Arvidsson of what appeared to be a surefire goal.

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was a healthy scratch for the 2nd straight game. The 34 year old expressed frustration with the move during a pregame interview with reporters and said he belonged on the ice.

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