Hartman's Hat Trick Leads Blackhawks, NHL Scores


Published on January 9 2017 6:18 am
Last Updated on January 9 2017 6:18 am


Ryan Hartman's first career hat trick was a memorable one, all right. Hard to top three goals in eight-plus minutes without making a move on a goalie.

Hartman scored off a goalmouth scramble in the third period and tacked on two empty-netters, helping the Chicago Blackhawks beat the banged-up Nashville Predators 5-2 on Sunday night.

"It's not really how you draw it up when you think about getting a hat trick, but they don't ask how, so I'll take it," he said.

Artemi Panarin and Niklas Hjalmarsson also scored for the Blackhawks, who have won the first three of a four-game homestand. Patrick Kane added three assists, running his team-best total to 32 in 43 games, and Corey Crawford made 25 saves.

Hartman was credited with his eighth of the season at 11:49 when Richard Panik's shot created a scrum in front of the net, and the referees ruled the puck was deflected in legally and crossed the line before the goal was dislodged. Hartman said it went off his left hip while he battled Nashville defenseman Yannick Weber for position.

The tiebreaking goal stood after a video review.

"For me it had to do with whether or not he took his hand off the stick and batted it into the net," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "It was difficult to tell, but certainly there was that motion that he did it. But I guess you can't tell in the end whether or not he actually he did it."

The Predators pulled Pekka Rinne for an extra attacker with 1:39 left, and Hartman added two more to run his total to 10 goals on the season, good for fifth on the team.

"He's been a big player for us this year," Kane said. "He's been very productive for us this year."

Nashville lost for the third time in four games. Mattias Ekholm and Austin Watson scored for the Predators, and Rinne finished with 26 stops.

The Predators played without defenseman P.K. Subban and forwards James Neal, Colin Wilson and Viktor Arvidsson. Subban has been out since Dec. 15 with an upper-body injury, and Neal was placed on injured reserve Saturday with an upper-body injury. Arvidsson missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury, and Wilson was inactive after he left Friday's 2-1 loss at Florida with a lower-body injury.

But Nashville was in position to possibly steal one on the road before Hartman's closing flurry. The Predators tied it at 2 early in the third when Mike Fisher's shot got past Crawford and went off the post before Watson poked it in.

Sunday, January 8 Scoreboard

Pittsburgh 6, Tampa Bay 2

Carolina 4, Boston 3 (OT)

Columbus 2, Philadelphia 1 (OT)

Ottawa 5, Edmonton 3

Chicago 5, Nashville 2

Minnesota 2, Anaheim 1

Monday, January 9 Schedule (All Times Central)

Florida at New Jersey, 6 p.m.

Washington at Montreal, 6:30 p.m.

Calgary at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Dallas at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.