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CHICAGO (AP) — Cam Ward gave the Chicago Blackhawks exactly what they needed in the wake of another concussion for Corey Crawford.He went back to work.Ward made 30 saves Tuesday night Mark Stone Jersey , leading the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators.“I thought our guys competed, worked hard all 60 minutes,” Ward said. “Defensively, we didn’t give them a whole lot. It’s a credit to the guys for the way that they played. We kept it much more simple and executed.”Defensemen Gustav Forsling and Erik Gustafsson scored for last-place Chicago, which had dropped 10 of 11. Patrick Kane picked up an assist on Gustafsson’s tiebreaking goal in the second period, giving him at least one point in seven of his last eight games.Ward was terrific in the Blackhawks’ first game since Crawford was placed on injured reserve after sustaining a concussion for the second straight season. The two-time All-Star got hurt in the first period of Sunday’s 7-3 loss to San Jose when the back of his head struck the right post during a scary goalmouth pileup.“We want to continue to grow as a team with him on our minds, play for one another,” Ward said. “He’s not going to be forgotten. And I’m not Crawford out there. I’m just going to try to give this team a chance to win every time I get the opportunity.”Kevin Fiala scored for the Predators, who dropped to 0-6-2 in their last eight road games. Pekka Rinne had 34 stops.“We came out in the third and tried to press and win it and get it done, but we’re in position right now on the road, I think you need to play a consistent 60 minutes,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “Some of it was OK tonight and some of it was not.”Coming off a 4-3 overtime loss at Ottawa on Monday night Youth Matt Duchene Jersey , Nashville jumped in front late in the first period. Kane turned the puck over near the blue line and Fiala beat Ward with a well-placed wrist shot on the goaltender’s stick side.Chicago bounced back nicely in the second, outshooting Nashville 16-7 in one of its best periods in a while. Rinne made solid stops on Dominik Kahun, David Kampf and Kane before the Blackhawks went ahead to stay with a pair of goals 1:54 apart.“They had a ton of chances and Pekks stood on his head for a lot of that (second) period,” Predators defenseman Roman Josi said. “It seemed like we just couldn’t get anything going. It’s disappointing.”Forsling tied it at 1 with a shot off the left post at 15:22. It was the second goal of the season for Forsling, who returned to the lineup after missing six games with a shoulder injury.After Predators forward Rocco Grimaldi was sent off for tripping Brent Seabrook, Gustafsson beat Rinne with a long slap shot for his seventh goal at 17:16. It was just the 13th power-play goal for the league’s worst team with the man advantage.Gustafsson’s shot went off Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis.“I’m just trying to put the puck to the net,” Gustafsson said. “I don’t know if it went off their D or something like that. I’m just trying to shoot it. Nice to see it go in.”The Blackhawks lost forward Marcus Kruger with 3:29 left in the period when he got hit in the face by an inadvertent elbow from Nashville’s Ryan Hartman. Coach Jeremy Colliton said Kruger sustained a concussion and will not travel on the team’s upcoming road trip.NOTES: Nashville dropped to 17-2-0 this season when it scores the first goal. … Blackhawks C Artem Anisimov also returned to the lineup after being activated from IR. He had been sidelined by a concussion. … Rinne made his NHL debut and got his first career victory on Dec. 15, 2005, against Chicago. … Blackhawks D Henri Jokiharju will play for Finland in the upcoming world junior championship. The competition runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Vancouver, British Columbia. … Blackhawks F Alex DeBrincat celebrated his 21st birthday.UP NEXTPredators: Visit Philadelphia on Thursday night.Blackhawks: Visit Dallas on Thursday night. VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — There are the startling goals, the jaw-dropping passes and mind-bending moves. And in just two months Mike Condon Jersey , there are the rave reviews.Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson is rocketing shots past goalies. He already has 13 goals and eight assists in 20 games, drawing comparisons to some of hockey’s best.“I think he’s possibly one of the best players in the NHL already,” Canucks right wing Jake Virtanen said. “He’s very fun to watch and obviously a treat to have on our team.”Wayne Gretzky recently spoke about Pettersson on a Vancouver radio station, saying he sees similarities in how they both play.Pettersson said being mentioned alongside Gretzky is a great honor, though it’s one he isn’t entirely comfortable with.“I don’t know if anyone should be compared to him because he’s the greatest ever,” he said.In October, Pettersson was named the league’s rookie of the month despite missing two weeks because of concussion from a hit by Florida’s Mike Matheson on Oct. 13. In early November, he became the youngest Canuck to have a five-point game when he helped Vancouver edge Colorado 7-6 in overtime.The 6-foot-2, 176-pound Swede is quiet and humble off the ice. On it, he has shown he is more than an offensive juggernaut. He blocks shots and delivers hard back checks.“I see shades of (former Detroit Red Wing) Pavel Datsyuk and those type of players in him,” Vancouver center Bo Horvat said. “Just his hands, the way he moves out there.“But I think he’s himself. I don’t think there’s any person in the league who’s like Elias Pettersson. He brings his own element to the game.”Virtanen is struck by Pettersson’s savvy and intelligence.“His IQ on the ice is beyond mine and beyond our team’s Ryan Dzingel Jersey ,” he said. “I think. It’s pretty funny. When you see him out there, he’s just thinking of stuff to do that no one else would really think of.”Andrew Calof played with Pettersson on the Vaxjo Lakers in Sweden last year. He says everyone knew right away he was a “special talent” with an insatiable work ethic.“He’s a perfectionist. When he sets his mind to something, he will accomplish it,” Calof wrote in an email to The Canadian Press from Russia, where he plays in the Kontinental Hockey League.He recalls Pettersson’s dedication — constantly watching video and working after practice on shooting and passing.“He just would spend so much time trying to improve every aspect of his game and that’s what makes him such a fantastic player,” he said. “And what’s scary is he will only get better and better.”Behind Pettersson, the Lakers captured the Swedish Hockey League championship. He led the league in scoring with 56 points and was the most valuable player.“Whoever was on his line knew they were going to get a couple of extra points that week because Elias would do something crazy and either give you an open net or score a shot that you’re think was impossible,” Calof said.Despite all the acclaim and attention, Pettersson insists he feels no extra pressure. He’s playing hockey and having fun.“I’m living my dream,” he said.