Rinne shines in shutout

Posted on January 19, 2012

Rinne shines in shutout The Nashville Predators followed a familiar script to another win: a staunch defence, superb goaltending and opportunistic scoring.

Pekka Rinne turned aside 38 shots -- including 18 in the third period -- for his fourth shutout, and Martin Erat had a goal and an assist in a two-minute outburst in the second period to lift the Predators past the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 on Thursday night.

Mike Fisher, on the power play, and Shea Weber, with a long short-handed shot into an empty net, also scored for Nashville, which won for the ninth time in 11 games.

"He's been really good," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said of Rinne, who has won six straight starts and 15 of 17. "He's been tracking the puck really well. He's an elite goaltender."


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