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Pekka Rinne gets first Shutout win of the Season
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Predators pitched a “shut-out” against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings in front of a sold out crowd at Bridgestone Arena.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stopped all 32 shots he faced and Colin Wilson scored two goals for the Predators as they earned their first home ice victory of the season, 3-0.“I love scoring at home; it is a lot more fun. You get a good celebration; it was great,” said Predators Forward Colin Wilson. “There were great plays tonight. Kevin Klein made a great play there. It was very exciting.”
Gabriel Bourque started the scoring for Nashville with a snap shot just 2:54 into the first period. He was assisted by David Legwand and Kevin Klein. The first period ended with the Predators leading 1-0.
Colin Wilson scored at the 7:01 mark of the second period, on what would be the first of two goals scored by Wilson. He was assisted by Kevin Klein and Brandon Yip.
Then Wilson’s second goal of the night came at the 13:02 mark of the same period on a wrist shot that blew past Kings goalie, Jonathon Quick.
Nashville was outshot by the Kings, 32-14, but couldn’t solve Pekka Rinne who was superb in goal.
The third period was dominated by Los Angeles as they unloaded everything they had to try and break through, but Nashville’s defense helped support Rinne in goal.
The Predators kept alot of pucks away from the goal. “They did a great job tonight. The last few games, I think we have been doing a good job defensively keeping the attacks from outside,” stated Pekka Rinne. “For me it is easier to control my rebounds and my teammates are always there to back me up.”
Predators head coach Barry Trotz gave his thoughts on the tonight’s game. “We played really well in the first. We capitalized on our chances. I thought we did a really good job. We had great energy. I thought in the second, we didn’t play very well. We had some really long shifts and had to defend by collapsing in the middle. We blocked some shots on net. They had some decent chances and we spent too much time in our own end. The only thing we were good at in the second period was on the draw. Gaustad was a perfect 10-0 on faceoffs.”
“We were able to get to the neutral zone, but we weren’t able to manage the puck once we made it over the blue line. We didn’t get it deep and we couldn’t get on the forecheck. We weren’t able to make good changes, which made for a long second period, stated Trotz. “We were sitting back more than we should. In the third period, we were able to capitalize on the power play, Shea [Weber] blasted one towards the net and [Colin] Wilson was able to put it home for the third goal. They’re Stanley Cup champions and they had their game going. We were able to get a good start and got a win in the end.”
The Predators will hit the road to face the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, February 9th at the Xcel Energy Center. The game starts at 7:00pm. Nashville then returns home to “Smashville” for a week-long home stand.
Kings 0 – 3 Predators
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TopicsBarry Trotz, Bridgestone Arena, Colin Wilson, David Legwand, Gabriel Bourque, Jonahton Quick, Kevin Klein, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Nashville TN, Pekka Rinne, Predators, Xcel Energy Center
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