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The Nashville Predators played as close to a perfect game as has been seen in recent history on Saturday night as the beat the Montreal Canadians 2-0 at the Sommet Center.
Steve Sullivan provided all the offense and Pekka Rinne provided the shutout in a game that could have been much worse without the performance of Habs goaltender Carey Price who stopped 53 of 55 Predator shots.
It was truly a team effort as every skater except Ryan Suter had at least one of the record 55 shots on goal. Steve Sullivan had 11 shots including his first goal at 10:48 in the first period that was on a rebound from another of his shots.
In spite of the constant barrage of shots from the Preds, that included 24 first period shots (also a record) and 18 in the second. For Pred fans, it was an uncomfortable feeling that their team could be so dominant on the ice and still be in danger of being tied on a fluke play.
Finally at 12:59 in the third period, three seconds into a 5 on 3 power play, Steve Sullivan picked up a rebound off of a Shea Weber shot and buried it behing Carey Price to give the Preds a little more breathing room at 2-0.
Pekka Rinne picked up his second shutout of the season stopping all 20 Montreal shots and improved his recod to 6-4, having won six of his last seven game. Rinne saw little action in the first two periods as the Habs only had ten shots in the first forty minutes.
The Predators have Sunday off before returning to the ice on Tuesday for a rematch with the San Jose Sharks who the Preds out played in a 4-3 loss last Tuesday.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass