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Rinne blanks Caps in Preds' win

Sunday, 10.03.2010 / 10:02 PM / Roundup

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Rinne blanks Caps in Preds' win
Pekka Rinne played the full 60 minutes and stopped all 22 shots he faced as the Nashville Predators earned a 3-0 win against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on Sunday.
Pekka Rinne appears ready for the regular season.

Rinne played the full 60 minutes and stopped all 22 shots he faced as the Nashville Predators earned a 3-0 win against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on Sunday. Nashville, which won four of its six preseason games, opens the regular season on Saturday night against Anaheim at Bridgestone Arena.

Joel Ward scored twice and Cal O'Reilly had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who were the only team to defeat the Caps this preseason (5-1-0).

"I'm never happy when we lose," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "You never want to give them an excuse, but at the same time we're in training camp and it's probably a good thing we got ours today. It's one game, and I think all the guys are glad [preseason is] over."

The Predators took a 1-0 lead with 8:02 left in the second period when O’Reilly controlled a loose puck in front and flipped a shot past goalie Dany Sabourin.

Ward made it 2-0 on a shorthanded goal with 12:18 remaining after the puck hopped over the stick of Caps defenseman Mike Green at the right point, which led to a breakaway. He made it 3-0 with 7:27 left by beating Sabourin with a quick shot from in front.

Sabourin came on with 9:57 left in the second period after Michal Neuvirth stopped all 13 shots he faced. Washington coach Bruce Boudreau told fans on Saturday that Neuvrith would start the opener, but later added he could change his mind. The Capitals' regular season begins on Friday night at Atlanta.

Penguins 5, Red Wings 2


Mike Comrie scored twice and Evgeni Malkin had a goal and three assists as Pittsburgh cruised past Detroit at Joe Louis Arena in the final exhibition game for each team.

Chris Kunitz and Alex Goligoski each added a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves.

"I thought they were better and quicker and worked harder," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "In the end, I thought the result was real fair. The big thing is exhibition's over for us. We know we have a pretty good lineup. Obviously, we've got to play a lot better and a lot harder."

Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist and Mike Modano also scored for Detroit. Chris Osgood stopped 20 shots.

"Losing the last game (of the preseason) is always tough," Osgood said. "In games like that, it's just bounces. We didn't get any tonight. On the flip side, we're trying to play our structure and play good 'D.' For the most part, we did that. I think, overall, we're ready."

Sabres 9, Flyers 3

Drew Stafford had a goal and three assists as Buffalo scored eight straight times in a win against Philadelphia at HSBC Arena.

The nine goals were the most scored by one team during the preseason.

Buffalo's Derek Roy scored two goals and added an assist. Jason Pominville added a goal and two assists while Jochen Hecht, Tyler Ennis and Tyler Myers each added a goal and an assist.

The Flyers went up 2-0 with goals by Dan Carcillo and Matt Walker before Buffalo's Cody McCormick started the streak when he scored from the slot at 13:02. Roy tied it 45 seconds later with a wrist shot high to Johan Backlund's stick side, and Nathan Gerbe scored at 17:22 on a power play. Myers gave Buffalo its fourth consecutive goal when he took a drop pass from Pominville, made a move on a defenseman and his wrist shot beat Backlund stick side at 5:46.

Roy scored his second on a rebound at 6:53, and Pominville made it 6-2 when he converted a pass from Tim Connolly into an open shot on the right side of the net at 9:01. Ennis scored 41 seconds later when he took a cross-ice pass from Roy and found the net, beating Backlund high on the glove side. Stafford then made it 8-2 when he split the Flyers' defense at 18:14.

"I like our team a lot," Connolly said. "We're a young team, but we've got some older guys in the room and some good leadership. I think we've got a lot of depth. We've got a lot of guys that can play a lot of different positions. I like the way things are shaping out."

Philadelphia's Mike Testwuide snapped the streak with a goal 49 seconds into the third period, while Hecht's goal at 4:40 completed the scoring.

Buffalo finished the preseason 4-2, while Philadelphia went 5-2-1.

Flames 1, Oilers 0

Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves and Alex Tanguay scored the lone goal as the Flames blanked Edmonton at Pengrowth Saddledome and finished up exhibition play a perfect 7-0.

Calgary is the lone NHL team to finish the preseason without a loss. Edmonton ended up 4-2.

"We came in with the mindset the first day of camp that this is the way we want to be with our practice habits and the way we want to do things," Flames coach Brent Sutter said. "We've done a lot of good things through camp. I know the games are meaningless as far as points and stuff, but they weren't for us as far as other things involved with it. You go 7-0, that's a pretty good exhibition record, but now the games are going to go up tenfold."

The only goal came 5:36 into the first period as the Flames' top line of Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen and Tanguay connected on a power play.

Kiprusoff's best stop came four minutes into the third period. The 33-year-old veteran sprawled across the crease as he followed Jordan Eberle, then acrobatically kicked up his top pad to knock away Eberle's shot as it looked like it was going in.

The teams will open up the regular season against each other on Thursday night in Edmonton.

Ducks 3, Kings 2, OT

Teemu Selanne scored a power-play goal on a pass from Ryan Getzlaf with 3:57 left in overtime, as Anaheim beat Los Angeles in both clubs' exhibition finales at the Honda Center.

Justin Williams and Jack Johnson scored in the final 4:10 of regulation for the Kings, but Selanne beat Jonathan Bernier for his first goal of the preseason after Los Angeles took a bench minor for too many men on the ice.

Getzlaf scored while wearing the captain's "C" for the first time, and Corey Perry got his fifth goal of the preseason for the Ducks.

"We have a little work to do," said Getzlaf, who was officially named captain after the game. "We've done a good job progressing throughout the preseason. We're well aware that we're not going to be a team that is going to blow teams out every night. We're going to go out and work. We're going to have to win those one-goal games, those overtime games. That is the way it's going to be all year. We have to accept that right off the hop and get ready to go."

Jonas Hiller made 41 saves in the Swiss goalie's fourth appearance of the preseason. Bernier stopped 18 shots for the Kings in his first game since officially earning Los Angeles' backup job.

Anaheim finished the preseason at 3-4-0.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.


Quote of the Day

I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh