Last word from Preds-Hawks

April, 19, 2010

CHICAGO -- Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith were reunited as the top defense pairing for the Blackhawks and predictably played a ton, Keith clocked in at 24:05 and Seabrook 22:19.

"When we were put back together yesterday [at practice], we both went home last night and made sure to get some rest," Seabrook smiled after the game.

Preds star blueliner Shea Weber led both teams in ice time at 25:24.

Using the power play

David Bolland opened the scoring for Chicago on a power play and the Hawks went 1-for-5 with the man advantage. With the Preds playing a tough defensive game at even strength, the Hawks must take advantage of the power play in this series.

"It makes a difference to get one on the power play early like that," said captain Jonathon Toews. "We came close a few more times. That's what it might come down to, because five-on-five, it's tough to come by quality chances."

Clutch Kane

Patrick Kane scored his 11th goal in his 18 career playoff game. Not too shabby.

"It's the best time of year ... especially after the Olympics. It was a long 20 games, I'm not going to lie," said Kane. "You're just waiting to get to the playoffs. You're playing for something that not many people in the world can play for, it's something you grow up dreaming of doing. I know there's a long road ahead, but this is the best time of year to play hockey."

Big scratch

The Preds were missing top goal-scorer Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed). The 30-goal scorer also missed the last game of the regular season, then played in Game 1 on Friday before leaving late. He wasn't able to go Sunday night and that's a big loss for a low-scoring team like Nashville.

"Yeah, he's a big presence there. He's a talent," said Preds forward Steve Sullivan. "He knows when to go in on traffic and has great hands in front of net. Definitely somebody we missed. But we missed Jason Arnott down the stretch. He brings a lot to this hockey team and we were still able to adapt. So we have to, as a collective group, find a way. It's not all about one player."

It sounds like a day-to-day injury.

"We're looking to having him for Game 3," said Preds coach Barry Trotz. "Looks very promising ... just a nagging thing. I think he'll be fine."

Pierre LeBrun

ESPN Senior Writer



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