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Forsberg, Rinne Help Propel Preds Over Ducks

Nashville's Point Streak Reaches Six Games in 5-0 Victory Over Anaheim

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Filip Forsberg scored his first of the season, and Pekka Rinne stopped 27 shots as the Nashville Predators concluded their four-game home stand by trouncing the Anaheim Ducks, 5-0.

The victory gives the Preds three wins in a row and bumps their overall record to 6-5-3 for 15 points. They've collected at least a point in six consecutive games (4-0-2) and their confidence only continues to grow.

Winger James Neal also tallied twice in the win, and Nashville's top players are elevating their game as the club gets on a roll.

 

"Even when we weren't scoring, we knew we had players that were capable of scoring goals," Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "[James] Neal has had lots of opportunities since the start of the year, and it's nice to see that they finally [are going] in. Goal-scorers continue to shoot the puck as much as possible because they're good at what they do."

All the Saves:

Video: ANA@NSH: Rinne makes 27 saves in spectacular shutout

As the month of November has gone along, Pekka Rinne has seemingly gotten better and better - his 4-0-2 record supports it. So perhaps it was only fitting he finished off the four-game home stand with a 27-save shutout, the 41st of his career and first of the season.

Arguably Nashville's best player to date, Rinne has consistently given his team a chance to win, and as of late, that's exactly what they've done.

"He's been so strong," Laviolette said of Rinne. "It's not like because he didn't get a shutout last game he wasn't good. He was brilliant last game. But tonight, he puts the exclamation point on it with a shutout. He's seeing it really well right now, he's in position and I think our guys are feeding off of that in front of him."

Video: Laviolette looks back on a dominant, 5-0 win

"My main goal is to be consistent and be able to maintain a level where I felt like I'm playing my best game every night," Rinne said. "This home stretch has been really good for me and my teammates and hopefully we can keep it going."

And Exhale:

Video: ANA@NSH: Forsberg scores his first goal of the season

The chances that Filip Forsberg would go much longer without finding the back of the net weren't great. But still, when he beat John Gibson for his first of the season and his team's fourth of the night, he returned to the bench, let out a long breath, and then flashed a familiar smile. After going the first 13 games without doing what he does best, the drought was over.

"Every guy on this team knows what type of player we have to be to be successful and we didn't do that in the start," Forsberg said. "I think that was basically the thing, to start working hard and playing our way of hockey. We've been playing better hockey, and it's been coming to us all. "

"He was determined, and he was bringing the puck to the net," Laviolette said. "It was just a matter of time. Again, goal-scorers that bring it to the net usually wind up scoring goals at some point."

Exclamation Point:

Video: Preds recap their third consecutive win

When the Predators returned last week from a five-game road trip, they were not only happy to return to Tennessee, but they knew they had a chance to collect eight points at home. Finishing the home stand with seven out of eight isn't too shabby.

With the win, the Preds have climbed their way back into the thick of the NHL schedule as they continue to erase what was a poor start and turn it into their first win streak of the season.

"I think you learn a little about yourself when you go through a tough stretch of games," forward James Neal said. "I think we have a lot of new guys and a lot of different roles that guys are going into. So, we thought if we just did the right things and kept working it will come, and I like the way we've played at home the last five or six games."

Notes:

Video: Rinne's shutout leads Predators to 5-0 win vs. Ducks

James Neal has scored a goal in four consecutive games for the first time since the 2013-14 season. It matches the second-longest streak of his career.

Neal has registered eight points (5g-3a) in his last seven games and earned two multi-point games during that stretch.

Viktor Arvidsson matched a career high with two assists tonight.

Colton Sissons' shorthanded goal was the first of his NHL career.

The Preds head out on the road next week for a three-game swing, beginning on Tuesday night in Toronto to face Auston Matthews - the No. 1 overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft - and the Maple Leafs.

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