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Chicago came out flying despite playing its second game without Patrick Kane, the team’s leading scorer when he was injured against St. Louis on Wednesday. The star forward is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury and could miss the rest of the regular season.

But once Nashville got a lead and as the game progressed, the Predators defense and Rinne took over.

“We had a good start, had a couple great looks at the net, missed the net, missed the opportunities there.” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “They scored first and it was the same, exact same as what happened the other day.

“They get the lead, go into a checkfest, and they check well.”

Chicago fell six points behind Western Conference and Central Division leader St. Louis, which defeated Pittsburgh 1-0 earlier on Sunday.

The Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford made 15 saves.

Predators defenseman Seth Jones suffered concussion-like symptoms didn’t return for the second period. He’ll be evaluated when the team returns to Nashville.

Forward Patric Hornqvist, tied for second on the Predators with 38 points, missed the game and returned to Nashville to be with his wife following the birth of the couple’s first child.

The Blackhawks outshot the Predators 11-6 in the first and dominated much of the period, but Nashville led 1-0 after 20 minutes.

Fisher opened the scoring on a deflection with 1:22 remaining in the first when he slipped in unchecked from the left side of the net. Ellis shot through a screen from the right point, and Fisher jammed in front and tipped the puck past Crawford.

The Blackhawks came out strong in the second, but Rinne stopped several close-in chances and limited rebounds to keep the Predators ahead.

Bourque made it 2-0 with 2:25 left in the period on a rising shot from the left circle that sailed over Crawford’s right shoulder as he dropped to the ice.

In the third, Rinne came through when tested and managed the puck conservatively, often smothering it to eliminate Chicago rebounds and chances.

Rinne stopped Niklas Hjalmarsson’s screened shot from the point in the final minute, then sprawled to stop Jonathan Toews’ rebound attempt from the side of the net.

Notes: Trotz praised his team’s defensive play, but singled out star defenseman Shea Weber who logged 34 minutes, 14 seconds. “Our defense, especially Weber, was an absolutely monster out there today,” Trotz said. “It was worth every penny watching him. Before the game, Quenneville said there’s “a good chance” top prospect Teuvo Teravainen could make his NHL debut on Tuesday against Dallas. Teravainen, Chicago’s first-round draft pick in 2012, joined the Blackhawks on Friday and has been skating with the team. … F Matt Carey, 22, signed by Chicago as a free agent on Thursday following one season at St. Lawrence University, also has joined the Blackhawks and could play down the stretch. … Chicago F Brandon Saad returned on Sunday after missing three games with an upper-body injury. F Bryan Bickell and D Michal Rozsival remained out. … Sitting out with injuries for Nashville were F Patrick Eaves and F Paul Gaustad. D Michael Del Zotto was a healthy scratch.