Berard, Poapst score for Chicago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jocelyn Thibault and the Chicago Blackhawks gave Nashville little margin for error.

Jocelyn Thibault made 31 saves, and Bryan Berard and Steve Poapst scored goals in Chicago's 2-1 victory over Nashville on Friday night.

"Chicago is happy to play a 1-0 game," Nashville coach Barry

Trotz said. "They take away the middle of the ice. They battle

real hard. They play hard on the boards and get the pucks out."

Thibault allowed only Scott Hartnell's goal with 28 seconds

remaining.

"I got away with a couple of breaks," Thibault said. "I

played well. But if you want to be successful you have to have a

little luck and I got lucky at times."

Berard had a second-period goal for Chicago, and Poapst scored

into an empty net with 1:01 left.

Berard scored his first goal of the season at 8:03 of the

second, firing a wrist shot between goalie Tomas Vokoun's legs.

"Berard was excellent," Chicago coach Brian Sutter said. "It

was his first game. He shot from where goal scorers shoot pucks."

After Poapst made it 2-0 with his empty-netter, Hartnell scored

off a rebound to end Thibault's shutout bid. The Predators had 13

shots in the third period, 25 in the last two periods.

"We were getting chances," Trotz said. "We got lots of

traffic."

Vokoun lost his third straight game. He made 23 saves.

"It's tough to win when you don't score goals," Vokoun said.

"We had a lot of opportunities."<

Game notes
Both teams were 0-for-6 on the power play. ... The loss

ended Nashville's four-game home unbeaten string against Chicago.

... Nashville's Kimmo Timonen skated in his 350th NHL game.