How it happened: The Blackhawks have had a tendency of stringing quick goals together this season. They did it again Sunday as Marcus Kruger scored the game's first goal at 6:14 of the second period, and Jonathan Toews followed with another goal for the Blackhawks 66 seconds later. Patrick Kane added his ninth goal of the season in the third period. He's on a five-game goals streak. The Predators didn't put much pressure on Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, but he handled all 19 shots taken at him.
Player of the game: Crawford didn't have to make a lot of saves Sunday, but a shutout is a significant event for the Blackhawks. They hadn't had a regular-season shutout since March 23, 2011. Crawford improved to 7-0-2 on the season.
What it means: The Blackhawks have yet to not register a point in a game this season. They extended their streak to 12 games with Sunday's victory. Chicago leads the NHL with 22 points. What has been most notable about the Blackhawks' success is they've started the season with 10 road games. Sunday's game marked the final one of a season-long six-game trip for the team. The Blackhawks went 4-0-2 on the trip.
What's next: The Blackhawks will finally return home. They will play Tuesday at the United Center for the first time since Jan. 27. Starting with Tuesday's game against the Anaheim Ducks, Chicago will play its next seven games at home.