Predators 2, Canadiens 0
A record-breaking night for the Nashville
Nashville outshot Montreal 55-20 and the
Rinne got his second shutout of the season and ninth of his career. Sullivan had just two goals in the team’s first 17 games of the season. Price made a career-high 53 saves for Montreal. The 53 saves tied Wayne Thomas’
“They threw a lot of pucks at the net tonight,” Price said. “Records aside, we were here to get two points, not a record.”
“He performed well, there is no doubt,”
Sullivan scored his first goal at 10:48 of the opening period when he collected a rebound of his own shot and was able to beat Price with a backhand.
“It’s just the mindset, you break down teams’ defense when you put it on net,” Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. “They are scrambling for pucks, they are reaching, and we are being firm in their offensive zone.”
“I’m not going to lie, I really feel comfortable with J.P., and I find that he really settles the play down for us in the offensive end,” Sullivan said. “He’s so good at puck protection and nifty little passes that when you are open, you are getting the puck.”
Sullivan made it 2-0 at 12:59 of the third period.
Rinne has won six of his last seven and improved his record on the season to 6-4-0.
“The guys on defense did a great job, I didn’t have to face too many shots,” Rinne said. “Obviously you have your good saves and your moments, but it was one of the easier games that we have had this year so far.”>