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Rinne gets first shutout as Predators blank Sabres

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

contribute."

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

Miller.

"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

plays."

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

performance.

"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."

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