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Suter, Rinne Key Wins at World Championships

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
Pekka Rinne stopped 25 of 26 shots to backstop Finland to 2-1 overtime win against Slovakia on Friday. Rinne improved to 3-0 on the tournament, allowing just four goals in his three starts to rank among the tournament leaders in goals against average and save percentage.

Sami Kapanen scored both goals for Finland, opening the scoring with a shorthanded tally at the 15:05 mark of the first period and then ending the game with the overtime winner 3:39 into the extra frame. Lubos Bartecko scored the Slovakia goal early in the second period to force overtime.

In other action, Preds defenseman Ryan Suter picked up his first point with a first period assist as Team USA picked up a 6-2 win over France. The US scored twice in the first period and added a pair of early second period goals to build a 4-0 advantage before France got on the board with a power-play goal at the 9:41 mark of the middle frame. The teams traded goals later in the second and the US tacked on a power-play marker midway through the third to close out the scoring. David Backes finished with a goal and two assists to lead the US attack, while Team USA captain Dustin Brown chipped in a pair of assists. Preds 2008 first round pick Colin Wilson saw 10:05 of ice time in the game, registering a pair of shots on goal.

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