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Predators beat Devils 3-2 in shootout

by John Kreiser /

Martin Brodeur has more shootout wins than any goalie in NHL history. Mike Santorelli and Martin Erat didn't seem impressed.

Both players scored against Brodeur in a shootout Thursday night to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Pekka Rinne made outstanding saves on Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner in the breakaway competition for his fourth consecutive victory.

"They are one of the best teams in the league and Brodeur is one of the best goalies of all time, so obviously it is a big deal for me," said Rinne, a second-year netminder. "It's never just a goalie's win, but I'll take it."

Santorelli, a rookie, beat Brodeur cleanly in the first round of the shootout. After Travis Zajac swatted in a backhander in the top of the third round, Erat whipped a wrist shot past Brodeur to hand the Devils their first loss in four shootouts this season.

Former Devil Jason Arnott twice gave Nashville one-goal leads, only to see Parise tie the game both times on a night when each team managed 28 shots and played about evenly as two NHL clubs can.

"It was just one of those tight games where they had some opportunities and we had some opportunities as well," Arnott said. "Fortunately we came out with two points."

Arnott opened the scoring at 4:44 of the opening period when he beat Brian Rolston to a puck in the lower right circle and took a seemingly harmless shot that slipped between Brodeur's pads. Parise tied it at 8:35, tipping Colin White's point shot behind Rinne.

Arnott, who hadn't scored in nine games, put Nashville back in front at struck again at 1:09 of the third with a power-play goal off of a deflection of J.P. Dumont's shot.

"Arnott has been getting some really good chances, but nothing has been going in," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "Arnott was getting a touch frustrated, but he kept working."

Parise answered again at 4:39 of the third, jamming home Dean McAmmond's pass despite having Jerred Smithson draped around him. It was Parise's team-leading 13th of the season and seventh in his last six games. His six-game goal streak ties his career high.

"He made a great play, he delayed," coach Jacques Lemaire said of McAmmond, a recent free-agent signing who's playing because of injuries. "It looked like he was going behind the net, and then he dished the puck right in front. It was nice to see. He's playing close to how he was playing a few years back."

The loss -- New Jersey's second straight on the road after winning its first nine away from the Prudential Center -- wasn't a result of a lack of effort, said Lemaire, who was pleased with the team's energy level.

"Very pleased," Lemaire said. "I felt that the guys were serious about winning the game and performing and working hard and they did it. I thought they played the best they can."

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

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