Michal Rozsival getting selected for the shootout seemed like a surprise to everyone. Well, everyone not on the Chicago Blackhawks’ bench, anyway.

“Everyone was saying, ‘Put him in, put him in,’ the last few games,” Patrick Kane said. “He’s one of those guys in practice who seems to score every time on the move he pulled out there.”

And Rozsival scored again on that move when it counted most.

Kane scored his 19th goal of the season, Rozsival notched the shootout winner in the fifth round as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Monday night. It ended up being a positive night for the Blackhawks, but they lost center Dave Bolland again. Bolland blocked a shot off his foot midway through the first period and tried to come back a few times, but was done by the second period. Coach Joel Quenneville listed him as day-to-day.

The Blackhawks maintain a four-point lead the Anaheim Ducks, who beat the Dallas Stars tonight. And the veteran defenseman got them there.

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“He deserved the chance because in practice he’s unbelievable. He scores every time,” Jonathan Toews said. “He has great hands, great patience with the puck. He waited for the goaltender to make the first move. It was a great goal by him, and a great stop by (Corey Crawford) to finish it off.”

Yes, it all ended well. But this one got a little more interesting than originally thought. Corey Crawford who got the victory stopping 25 of 27 and four of the five shots he saw in the shootout, had some shaky moments in the third period. He thought he fell on a Predators attempt early in the third but didn't, and David Legwand punched it through to cut the Blackhawks' lead to 2-1. The Predators kept going from that point on, outplaying the Blackhawks throughout the third.