Predators earn ninth straight road win, shut out Sabres.
The Nashville Predators entered Monday night’s contest against the Buffalo Sabres looking to close out their three-game road trip in perfect style. It was a battle between the top team in the league standings and the second to bottom team in the standings and the first-place team was able to take care of business as the Predators earned a 4-0 win.
Pekka Rinne picked up win No. 40 on the season improving to 40-9-4 on the campaign. His shutout was also his third in five starts against the Sabres in his career.
Filip Forsberg lit the lamp while he and Viktor Arvidsson each picked up two points while Mike Fisher, Ryan Johansen and Ryan Hartman were the other goal scorers for Nashville.
How It All Went Down
The Sabres did not look like the second worst team in the league out of the gates in this one. They were successful in creating chances and held a 12-4 advantage in shots with seven minutes left in the opening frame.
The Predators found their feet late in what was a scoreless first period and were able to out shoot Buffalo 6-1 over the final seven minutes.
The deadlock continued past the halfway point of the second period, but was finally broken with 7:31 left in the frame. Miikka Salomaki threw a puck towards the net from the point that was tipped home by Fisher for his second goal of the season.
The Predators grabbed some momentum after taking the 1-0 lead and were able to double their advantage with 2:57 left in the period when Forsberg slipped over a pass to a streaking Johansen who netted his 12th goal of the year.
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After 40 minutes of action both sides had six high-danger five-on-five scoring chances to their name with Buffalo leading in the shots on goal category 27-21.
The third period was different than the opening two frames in the fact that the Preds were able to out shoot the Sabres, but exactly the same as the middle frame as Nashville netted two goals.
With 3:51 left in regulation, Forsberg was parked out in front while Arvidsson made a play towards the net and he was there to bury the loose puck.
It felt as if Forsberg’s tally would be the last of the contest, but Ryan Hartman had different plans as he scored an impressive wrister with 24 ticks left to make things 4-0 in Nashville’s favor.
Buffalo out shot Nashville 35-32 on the evening, but Rinne was impressive between the pipes not letting the Sabres get any sort of momentum by lighting the lamp.
The Preds have now won nine straight road games and have picked up at least one point in 15 consecutive games away from home with both marks being franchise records.