for this game

Rinne, Predators blank Islanders

Dec 21, 2008 - 4:59 AM
By Jim Diamond PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Rookie Pekka Rinne stopped all 23 shots he faced to make Vernon Fiddler's first-period goal stand up as the Nashville Predators defeated the New York Islanders, 1-0, Saturday night.

Rinne stopped 10 shots in the first period, eight in the second and five in the third to improve his record to 7-1-0 on the season. Three of the Finn's victories have been shutouts.

"It's not just me getting the shutouts, we win as a team and we lose as a team," Rinne said. "Lately the guys in front of me have been playing great, and I have been playing well, so that is a good combination."

Joey MacDonald finished with 27 saves for the the free-falling Islanders, who lost their ninth consecutive game.

"Nobody is going to get us out of this slump but ourselves, we know this and the coaches know this," MacDonald said. "It's a tough slump we're in now, but I thought tonight we made a few good steps."

Fiddler scored the lone goal at 6:48 of the opening period.

Martin Erat carried the puck into the offensive zone along the left side on a 2-on-1 with Fiddler against defenseman Brendan Witt. From the faceoff circle, Erat sent a cross-ice pass to Fiddler, who accepted the feed and beat MacDonald low to the glove side for his fifth goal of the season.

"We were able to win the draw and Rich Peverley made a nice chip to Marty," Fiddler said. "It was a great play by Marty to get it to me."

"The goalie was out of the blue, and I saw that Vern was on his one-timer side, so I passed to him and he put it in," Erat said. "Rich, Vern and I had a pretty good game together as a line tonight."

Fiddler has scored goals in back-to-back contests.

Nashville has scored just one goal in five of its last seven games, but has won two of those games by 1-0 margins.

"We are not scoring a lot of goals right now, but we are winning hockey games," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "As long as we are winning, there is less frustration. When you are not scoring and not winning is when the frustration sets in."

The Islanders were playing their first game in Nashville in nearly three years. They have lost four consecutive games played in "Music City".

"I thought our guys did a pretty good job defensively," New York coach Scott Gordon said. "We can't take anything away from the effort the guys gave with a depleted lineup."






  • 25
    roots
    MattDOOM777 Added 5 roots

    Islanders 0, Predators 1  FinalDec 21 2:03 AM


  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 0 0 0
    NASHVILLE 1 0 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NAS - VERNON FIDDLER 5 (MARTIN ERAT, RICH PEVERLEY) 6:48
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: NONE
    POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: NYI - 0 OF 1, NAS - 0 OF 1.
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NYI 10 8

    Dec 20 10:31 PM
  • 20
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 15 roots (Close Finish)

    Islanders 0, Predators 1  3rd - 2:00Dec 20 10:24 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 0 0
    NASHVILLE 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NAS - VERNON FIDDLER 5 (MARTIN ERAT, RICH PEVERLEY) 6:48
    2ND PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NYI 10 8 18
    NAS 10 8 18
    GOALIES: NYI - JO

    Dec 20 9:34 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 0
    NASHVILLE 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NAS - VERNON FIDDLER 5 (MARTIN ERAT, RICH PEVERLEY) 6:48
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NYI 10 10
    NAS 10 10
    GOALIES: NYI - JOEY MACDONALD
    N

    Dec 20 8:44 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 0
    NASHVILLE 1
    1ST PRD: NAS - VERNON FIDDLER 5 (MARTIN ERAT, RICH PEVERLEY) 6:48

    Islanders 0, Predators 1  1st - 13:12Dec 20 8:44 PM
  • 5
    roots
    Silversword55 Added 5 roots

    Islanders vs. PredatorsDec 20 7:20 PM