Here are five takeaways from the Blackhawks' 2-1 overtime win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night:
1. Corey Crawford stays sharp.
It was another busy night for the Blackhawks netminder, and he was on his A-game yet again from the moment the puck dropped.
Crawford made 29 of his 37 saves in the first two periods, and allowed only one goal for the fourth time in five games this season to up his season save percentage to .959.
"He's gotten off to a great start for us," Joel Quenneville said. "Can't say enough good things about him."
2. Slow start, strong finish.
The Blackhawks had 17 shot attempts in the first period, 11 of which were on goal, while the Predators peppered 32 attempts towards the net and got 18 on goal. It was an unorthodox start for the Blackhawks, who are outscoring their opponents 11-1 in the opening frame so far this season.
Seven of their eight high danger scoring chances allowed came in that period as well. If it weren't for Crawford, as mentioned above, it could've been a different result through 20 minutes.
3. Can Brandon Saad keep this up, and for how long?
The Blackhawks could not have envisioned a better start for Saad in his second stint with Chicago. He opened the season with a hat trick, and has recorded at least a point in five of six games.
He scored the overtime winner in this one after burying a perfect pass from Patrick Kane, and has now scored the game-winning goal in all four Blackhawks wins this season.
Saad is on pace for 82 goals. Is that doable?
"I don't know," Saad laughed. "I just try my best and do what I can. It's been fun so far."
4. Power play goes quiet.
The Blackhawks scored a power play goal in each of their last four games entering Saturday, but it dried up against Nashville.
They went 0-for-6 on the man advantage, and struggled to create any type of quality scoring chance despite recording eight shots on goal during them.
What needs to change in that area?
"More of the boring quotes that we're going to give you," Patrick Sharp joked with the media. "They're quotes because it's what works. Quick puck movement, more shots, traffic to the net. We feel like we're entering the zone okay, but we're just breaking out too many times, we're not sustaining pressure and generating a whole lot of scoring chances.
"I'm sure the next few days we'll talk about getting pucks to the net, screening the goalie, getting those second and third chances."
5. Pekka Rinne picks up where he left off.
The visiting goaltender wasn't too bad, either.
In four playoff games against the Blackhawks last year, Rinne allowed just three goals and had a .976 save percentage, including two shutouts in back-to-back games at the United Center.
He picked up right where he left off, and appeared to be headed for a third straight shutout in Chicago until Sharp got the Blackhawks on the scoreboard with 6:36 left in the third period.
Rinne finished the game with a season-high 33 saves.