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Rinne makes 13 saves in 1st preseason action to lead Predators to 2-0 win over Islanders

Sunday, 09.22.2013 / 8:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Rinne makes 13 saves in 1st preseason action to lead Predators to 2-0 win over Islanders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Pekka Rinne made 13 saves in his first preseason game to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday night.

Rinne played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May.

Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied 5:15 later for Nashville.

Injuries limited Bourque to 34 games for the Predators last season.

Watson, a first-round selection of the Predators in 2010, saw his first NHL action last season and scored one goal for Nashville.

Carter Hutton, signed in the off-season to be Rinne's backup, played the final period, making 12 saves.

Anders Nilsson stopped 23 shots for the Islanders.

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