Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne slams door in 2-0 shutout of Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT (AP) — Pekka Rinne made 24 saves in his first shutout of the season, leading the Nashville Predators to a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
Filip Forsberg and Eeli Tolvanen scored power-play goals in the third period as Nashville improved to 2-1 on its four-game trip. Roman Josi finished with two assists.
“It’s a huge one,” Rinne said. “It doesn’t matter who you play against, it’s not easy to win. But I think it’s important that we play the right way and we certainly did that tonight.”
Last-place Detroit lost for the fourth time in five games. Jonathan Bernier had 31 saves.
“He was unbelievable again tonight,” Wings captain Dylan Larkin said. “Our goaltending has been our backbone this season, without a question, and Bernie gave us a chance to win that game tonight. We need to go out and grab two points when we have an opportunity like this and we didn’t do that.”
Nashville went ahead to stay on Forsberg’s team-leading ninth goal 4:36 into the third. Forsberg’s shot from the right circle fluttered over Bernier’s glove.
The Predators added another power-play goal at 9:57. Forsberg passed to an open Tolvanen, who beat Bernier from the left circle.
“Of course when Fil gets the puck he can make the plays,” Tolvanen said. “We practiced that a couple days in practice. He’s really good at finding the seams and it was pretty much an empty net when I got it.”
The Predators have scored 24 of their 41 goals in the third period this season.
It looked as if Nashville had jumped in front in the second when Forsberg put the puck into an open net. Detroit forward Adam Erne had run into Bernier, taking him out of position. But the Red Wings challenged for goaltender interference because Mikael Granlund’s skate had hit Bernier’s left pad, and the goal was nullified.