Rinne, Predators blank Kings 3-0
NASHVILLE 3, LOS ANGELES 0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- After being on the road for more than
two weeks, the Nashville Predators were glad to be back home on
Pekka Rinne made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season
and Colin Wilson scored two goals to lead Nashville to a 3-0 win
over the Los Angeles Kings.
Nashville has won four games in a row while the defending
Stanley Cup champion Kings have dropped three of their past
four. Nashville began its streak with a win over the Kings in
Los Angeles one week ago.
Coming off a season-high seven-game road trip, the Predators
played their first home game since Jan. 21.
"This was a game that I had a lot of concern with," Nashville
coach Barry Trotz said. "When you go on long road trips, every
coach will tell you there is a fear the first game back."
Rinne stopped eight shots in the first, 20 in the second and
just four in the third for the 26th shutout of his career.
"The last few games, I think we have been doing a really good
job defensively," Rinne said. "For me, it is way easier for me
to control my rebounds, and if I leave a rebound laying around,
they are always there for me to save my butt."
Gabriel Bourque opened the scoring with a goal at 2:54 of the
From the left corner, David Legwand sent a backhand pass to
Bourque in the high slot, and he beat Los Angeles goaltender
Jonathan Quick with a one-timer low to the glove side.
"They are a hard-working team," Kings captain Dustin Brown said.
"We didn't match their compete in the first and that was all the
difference in the game."
The Predators have scored first in seven of their 10 games this
Los Angeles outshot Nashville 32-14.
Wilson made it 2-0 at 7:01 of the second period.
Defenseman Kevin Klein carried the puck down the right side and
found Wilson skating through the low slot, where he had an easy
tap-in for his second goal of the season.
Klein had two assists in the game. He leads all Nashville
defenseman with four assists.
"You've got to work to the inside against them to get anything
offensively, on the left side of their ice," Los Angeles coach
Darryl Sutter said. "Shea (Weber) plays so much that he's always
getting on the ice against (Anze) Kopitar every time, right?
That's what he did tonight."
Wilson's second goal came at 13:02 of the second.
With Nashville on a power play, Shea Weber fired a slap shot
from the center of the blue line. In the low slot, Wilson tipped
the shot, and Quick was able to make the save, but Wilson was in
front to poke the rebound into the net for his third goal of the
"I just turned and saw that I had a bit of space," Wilson said.
"I knew that it was going to be a fight in front of the net, and
the puck just went on my stick. I am grateful for that."
The assist was Weber's first point of the season. Quick finished
with 11 saves.
Notes: Los Angeles C Colin Fraser played in his 300th career NHL
game. ... Kings LW Dustin Penner was a healthy scratch for the
sixth time in the team's past seven games. ... Nashville C Paul
Gaustad played in his 500th career NHL game. ... The Predators
have been outshot in all but one game this season.
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