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Preds ride Rinne's stellar play to series tie

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks are ready to get their offense restarted. The Nashville Predators? Well, in goalie Pekka Rinne they trust.

The Vezina Trophy finalist has reclaimed his form, and he made 18 of his 32 saves in overtime by diving and flipping to block shots and give his teammates a chance. Matt Halischuk scored with 5:09 left in the second overtime for a 2-1 win Saturday night that tied this Western Conference semifinal series 1-1.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz says Rinne has bailed out the Predators all season, and now he is doing it again.

The Canucks, winners of the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best team in the regular season, don't sound too worried. Defenseman Kevin Bieksa says they just need to score more goals.

Game 3 is Tuesday night.

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