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Rinne, Nashville blank Phoenix

Dec 1, 2010 - 7:29 AM Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Pekka Rinne stopped all 33 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season, as Nashville silenced Phoenix, 3-0, at Bridgestone Arena.

Shea Weber and Cal O'Reilly notched man-advantage scores for the Predators, who halted a season-high four-game skid. Steve Sullivan added a pair of assists.

Ilya Bryzgalov allowed two goals on 22 shots for the Coyotes, who have dropped two in a row since winning seven straight.

Weber's power-play blast gave the home team a lead just 3:36 into the contest, then O'Reilly's man-advantage tally with 7:12 left in the second provided insurance for Nashville.

"It was good to get a goal early on the power play," Nashville head coach Barry Trotz said. "I thought early our power play was moving the puck really well."

Rinne made the lead hold up with 10 saves in the first period and 13 more in the second.

Jordin Tootoo put the clincher into an empty net with 25 seconds remaining and Rinne polished off his 17th career whitewash with 10 stops in the final 20 minutes.

"This was a big game for us, but that is part of what the NHL is," Phoenix forward Shane Doan said. "You get lots of chances to respond, and we have a great chance tomorrow night."

Game Notes

Nashville has won four of its last five home games over Phoenix...Weber's score gave him 175 points, tied with Marek Zidlicky for second on the franchise's point list for defensemen...This was Bryzgalov's first regulation loss since November 5...The Coyotes were blanked for the first time since October 30.

  • PHOENIX: 0

    Nov 30 10:28 PM

  • Nashville Empty Net Goal - Jordin Tootoo (3), at 19:35.

    Coyotes 0, Predators 3  3rd - 0:25Nov 30 10:28 PM

  • PHOENIX: 0
    End of 2nd

    Nov 30 9:36 PM

  • Nashville Power-Play Goal - Cal O'Reilly (5), at 12:48.

    Coyotes 0, Predators 2  2nd - 7:12Nov 30 9:20 PM

  • PHOENIX: 0
    End of 1st

    Nov 30 8:41 PM

  • Nashville Power-Play Goal - Shea Weber (3), at 3:36.

    Coyotes 0, Predators 1  1st - 16:24Nov 30 8:13 PM

  • PHOENIX: 0
    1st Period - 20:00

    Nov 30 8:08 PM
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