Kariya's power-play goal with 7:02 left snapped a 1-1 tie. He fired a screened shot from the top of the right circle past goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Chris Mason made 28 saves while starting his 13th straight start for Nashville. He is 9-3-1 since starter Tomas Vokoun underwent hand surgery Nov. 27.
Martin Havlat scored for the Blackhawks, 7-2-3 since Denis Savard replaced fired coach Trent Yawney on Nov. 27.
Havlat has five goals and five assists in seven games since returning from a sprained right ankle.
Khabibulin stopped 17 shots.