Predators light up Blackhawks

Pekka Rinne posted 24 stops to collect his 41st win of the season, tying him with Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury for the league lead, and the Nashville Predators topped the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-1 in a Central Division battle at United Center on Sunday.

Mike Fisher, Shea Weber, Matt Halischuk and Patric Hornqvist contributed a goal and an assist each, while Francis Bouillon and Andrei Kostitsyn scored for the Predators, who have won two straight and three of their last five games.

With the victory, the Predators moved into fourth place in the Western Conference with 96 points, one ahead of the idle Detroit Red Wings.

Viktor Stalberg scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks, who had their five- game winning streak snapped. Corey Crawford was lit up for four tallies on just 15 shots, while Ray Emery gave up two goals on nine shots.

Chicago remains firmly entrenched in sixth place in the West, five points ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes, who are currently battling the St. Louis Blues.