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Pekka Rinne made 32 saves for his fifth shutout of the season
Dallas, TX – The Nashville Predators opened their five game road trip with a commanding win over the Dallas Stars, 4-0 at the American Airlines Center. Nashville snapped their road slide by getting goals from Shea Weber, Nick Spaling, Rich Clune and Gabriel Bourque.
Nashville didn’t look like a team that was having trouble scoring and winning on the road, as Dallas was on their heels most of the night.
Pekka Rinne was exceptional in goal as he got his fifth shutout of the season, and the 30th of his career, stopping all 32 shots he faced. Rinne has played ten straight games for the Predators.
Nick Spaling scored his first goal in 11 games at 12:16 of the opening period. He was assisted on the goal by Matt Halischuk playing in his first game since returning from Milwaukee.
Shea Weber scored on the Predators power play, shooting a David Legwand rebound inside the left post to make it 2-0 Nashville.
Rich Clune made it 3-0 at the 9:09 mark of the second period when his wrist shot beat Kari Lehtonen on a penalty shot, for his third goal of the season. Clune had just finished a penalty when he was hooked by Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn on a breakaway.
Gabriel Bourque finished the scoring for the Predators with 5:02 to play on a Nashville power play, their second power play goal of the night.
The final period was intense, as Nashville’s Ryan Ellis and Dallas’ Eric Nystrom dropped the gloves. Mike Fisher and Dallas defenseman Stephane Robidas received 5 minute majors, while Shea Weber and Antoine Roussel dropped the gloves. Nashville’s Bobby Butler and Brenden Dillon were also penalized for their part in the fight and called for roughing.
All in all, a good night for Nashville Predators fans with the victory, getting some momentum into this road swing. This was the first time the Dallas Stars had been shut out in 16 games.
The Nashville Predators travel to Canada Thursday, March 14th to take on the Vancouver Canucks. The game starts at 9:00pm (CT).
Predators 4 – 0 Stars
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Shots on Goal
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