BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) — Rookie Pekka Rinne made 30 saves
en route to his first career shutout as the Nashville Predators
defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 2-0, on Monday night.
Captain Jason Arnott snapped a scoreless tie with 11:53 left in
regulation and J.P. Dumont added another goal less than three
minutes later for the Predators, who had lost four of their
previous six contests (2-3-1).
Playing in his ninth career game, Rinne turned aside 10 shots in
the first period, nine more in the next and 11 in the third to
improve to 4-0-0 on the season.
“There’s a lot of times games are tight, it’s normal,” Rinne
said. “There’s no extra pressure put on me. I just kind of do
my own job.”
Behind Nashville’s aggressive defense, the 26-year-old Rinne was
not faced with a lot of quality scoring chances from Buffalo.
But the Finn did make some big saves late in the game to
preserve the win and the shutout.
“I like the way the guys responded,” Predators coach Barry Trotz
said. “They stayed disciplined, they stayed focused and that
made the game a lot easier. It allowed for everyone to
Rinne’s best stop could have been when he denied Jason
Pominville, who was stationed at the edge of the crease and took
a quick one-timer off a centering feed.
“The guys did a great job boxing out those Buffalo guys so I
could see the puck,” Rinne said. “There was a couple times I
got lucky, I didn’t see the puck, it just hit me. That’s part
of the game, you need those bounces.”
Arnott netted his second game-winning goal of the season by
deflecting blue-liner Greg De Vries’ shot past goaltender Ryan
“It seemed like that was one of the goals that was going to be
it tonight,” Arnott said. “It just wasn’t happening for both
ends. It was one of those boring games, just a lot of defensive
Dumont, who received an assist on the first goal, doubled the
advantage with 9:20 remaining in the final session by tapping
the puck just across the goal line on a diving effort.
Miller was nearly as good as Rinne for most of the night,
stopping 25 of the 27 shots he faced.
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff was not pleased with his team’s
“It’s tough, it’s frustrating,” he said. “We turned the puck
over, there wasn’t much going on in the game. There wasn’t much
going on for 40 minutes.
“There wasn’t a lot of energy by anybody. It was a
turnover-fest. Our fans were frustrated and I understand why.”