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Rinne makes 31 saves, Predators shut out Hurricanes

Nashville extends point streak to four, ends six-game losing streak to Carolina

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

Rinne's 31-save shutout

NSH@CAR: Rinne shuts out Hurricanes

Pekka Rinne made 31 saves to earn his 58th career NHL shutout and backstop the Predators to a 3-0 win against the Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pekka Rinne made 31 saves for the Nashville Predators in a 3-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Friday.

Rocco Grimaldi, Calle Jarnkrok and Austin Watson scored for the Predators (12-9-4), who are 3-0-1 in their past four games. Rinne ended a personal four-game losing streak with his 58th NHL shutout and 350th NHL win.

"Tonight, I got off to a good start, that was the key," Rinne said. "I really think the last four games we've really played better defensively too, just more sacrificing bodies, blocking shots, forwards collapsing."


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Rinne allowed 18 goals during his losing streak.

"To get that zero on the board for [Rinne] means a lot to us with some of the results that have been there for the previous couple weeks that aren't necessarily his fault at all," Watson said. "To put up a shutout like that feels awesome."

Video: NSH@CAR: Grimaldi squeezes the puck past Mrazek

Petr Mrazek made 25 saves for the Hurricanes (15-10-1), who have lost two in a row. Carolina had defeated Nashville in six straight games, and Mrazek was 8-0-0 against the Predators.

"It certainly wasn't a game where we got dominated," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "It felt like we had more chances than they did, Grade A's too. I think it was unfortunate we didn't score on those real early ones."

Grimaldi's second goal of the season gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 8:15 of the first period. He took a flip pass from Nick Bonino through the neutral zone and tucked a shot through Mrazek's five-hole.

"[Bonino] made a great flip to me," Grimaldi said. "I'm just happy it didn't flip over my stick. I was trying to make a move, and [Mrazek] really didn't bite on the move. I thought five-hole was the only option at that point."

Filip Forsberg fed a pass across the slot to Jarnkrok in the left face-off circle for a wrist shot that gave Nashville a 2-0 lead at 17:55.

"Even coming in after the first, we were happy with the period," Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook said. "We had some more chances in the second, but that team, the style they play, they lock down the neutral zone."

Watson tipped Mattias Ekholm's shot in the low slot for his first goal in 12 games to make it 3-0 at 3:28 of the second period.

"It's a big point in the game, (whether) that game goes to 2-1 or 3-0," Watson said. "That's a completely different situation. We talked about it in here, making sure we didn't take our foot off the gas at all and just trying to get better throughout the game."

Video: NSH@CAR: Jarnkrok finishes Forsberg's nice setup


They said it 

"It is cool, and eventually whatever the number is when I'm done with hockey, I'm sure I'm going to appreciate it way more than I do right now. Right now, I feel like it's a work in progress. It's a nice number." -- Predators goalie Pekka Rinne on his 350th NHL win

Video: Rinne and the Predators shut out the Hurricanes

"It's certainly frustrating for the guys because you can feel it. We have a game plan, we're trying to stick to it. You know they don't give up much; they're a stingy team. The only disappointing part for me is our power play wasn't good. That took a little life out of us. Other than that, it was there for us." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour


Need to know 

Rinne is 7-3-1 against Carolina. … Jarnkrok has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past five games. The Predators were 0-for-4 on the power play and are 1-for-21 in their past seven games. ... The Hurricanes were shut out for the first time this season. ... Carolina forward Jordan Staal has one goal in the past 15 games.


What's next 

Predators: At the Florida Panthers on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-TN, FS-F, NHL.TV).

Hurricanes: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, SUN, NHL.TV).

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