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Rinne Wins Second Straight

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
Pekka Rinne made 27 saves for his second consecutive win of the 2010 World Championships, a 5-2 victory over Slovakia on Monday. Rinne turned aside 10 shots in the first period and another 10 in the second period to allow Finland to race out to a 3-0 lead through two periods of play. The Slovaks never got closer than two goals the rest of the way. With the win, Finland improved to nine points in the Qualification Round, good for no worse than second place in it's group.

The Finns face Russia tomorrow in the finale of the Qualification Round, with first place implications on the line.

In other action, defenseman Robert Dietrich continued his strong showing the tournament, skating a team-high 20:27 of ice time in Germany's low-scoring 3-2 loss to Germany on Saturday. Dietrich followed it up with 25:12 of ice time in Germany's 2-1 OT loss to Belarus on Sunday. The Germans need a win or overtime loss to Slovakia in tomorrow's Qualification Round finale in order to advance to the Quarterfinals. Along with fellow Preds Marcel Goc and Alexander Sulzer, Dietrich and Germany have the fourth-best team goals against average in the tournament and second-best team save percentage.

In the other group, Roman Josi and Switzerland continue to surprise. Switzerland picked up a 3-2 win over Czech Republic on Saturday with Josi logging 19:24 of ice time (second-most on the Swiss team) with a +1 plus/minus rating. The Swiss have locked up a spot in the Quarterfinals with one more game remaining in the Qualification Round. Through five games played, Switzerland's defense is third in team goals against average and fourth in team save percentage.

Jonas Andersson also had a strong weekend at the World Championships, netting two goals in Sweden's 3-1 win over Canada on Sunday. Andersson scored Sweden's second and third goals of the game to tie for the team lead with three goals on the tournament.

Past World Championships Updates:
9 Preds Participate in 2010 World Championships
All 9 Preds Advance at World Championships
Rinne Earns Shutout For Finland

Upcoming Games of Interest:
Tuesday Germany (Dietrich, Goc, Sulzer) vs. Slovakia
Russia (Grebeshkov) vs. Finland (Rinne & Pihlstrom)
Switzerland (Josi) vs. Sweden (Anderson & Lindback)

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