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Predators make history with back-to-back shutouts

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Mike Dunham stopped 21 shots to make Denis Arkhipov's first-period goal stand up as the Nashville Predators beat the Florida Panthers 1-0 Tuesday night.

The Predators, who have consecutive shutouts for the first time in team history, stretched their unbeaten streak to five games. Backup goalie Tomas Vokoun blanked Columbus 1-0 last weekend.

But this one was especially sweet for Nashville. It was its first victory ever over Florida, the Predators' inaugural opponent and the only one they hadn't beaten.

The Predators made it easy on Dunham, who leaves Wednesday to join the U.S. Olympic hockey team in Salt Lake City. They started the game by taking the first 10 shots.

Dunham faced only four shots in the second period and seven in the third as he recorded his first shutout since Oct. 11 and the 10th of his career. He has allowed 11 goals in his past eight games.

Arkhipov gave Dunham the only goal he would need at 4:45 of the first. He scored on a one-timer from the high slot off a pass from Martin Erat for his 15th goal.

The Panthers didn't get a shot on goal until nearly eight minutes elapsed.

Dunham made several great saves in his second shutout of the season. He stopped a short-handed attempt by Marcus Nilson late in the first by knocking away the puck with his glove, and gloved a shot by Peter Worrell less than four minutes into the third.

Florida lost for the third time in four games despite Roberto Luongo's strong performance. He stopped 30 shots, including breakaways by Vitali Yachmenev and Tom Fitzgerald at the end of the first.

But the Panthers couldn't generate enough offense, which caused leading goal scorer Pavel Bure to throw down his stick at one point and slam the gate when leaving the ice.

Tagged: Panthers, Predators, Roberto Luongo, Mike Dunham, Tomas Vokoun, Tom Fitzgerald

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