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Blackhawks ‘very gracious’ losers to Predators

Chicago Blackhawks v Nashville Predators

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 16: Patric Hornqvist #27 and Mike Fisher #12 of the Nashville Predators watch the puck go into the net behind goalie Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks from a shot taken by Roman Josi #59 (not shown) of the Predators at Bridgestone Arena on November 16, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Frederick Breedon

The Chicago Blackhawks’ four-game winning streak came to an end in spectacularly bad fashion Saturday.

The Blackhawks were defeated 7-2 on the road by the Nashville Predators. It started poorly and pretty much went downhill from there.

Back-up goalie Nikolai Khabibulin gave up two quick goals in the first period, and then had to leave the game after suffering an injury later in the opening period.

Corey Crawford, expecting to have the night off, was pushed back into the crease. It was a tough night for him.

Goals were coming fast and furious for the Predators. Saturday’s win marked the first time this season they managed to hit the seven-spot.

“We were very generous in gifting tonight with goals, to a different level. I haven’t seen that in a long time,” Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said afterward, as per CSN Chicago.

“It was a free night for them offensively. We were very gracious.”

Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa also sat out tonight’s game, due to a lower-body injury.

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