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The Predators made franchise history on Tuesday night.

The Nashville Predators started a four-game home stand on Tuesday night as the Dallas Stars came to town for the fourth and final meeting between the two sides this season. The game turned out to be a tight, penalty-filled contest but the Predators ultimately picked up a franchise record ninth straight win with a 2-0 victory.

The game was scoreless through 45 minutes of play, but Ryan Hartman was able to break the draw scoring in his home debut in the third period while Pekka Rinne picked up his his 50th shutout of his career and seventh on the season. The Finnish netminder stopped 26 shots on Tuesday night.

The Predators had scored at least three goals in each of their last eight games prior to Tuesday night, but all it took against the Stars was two and a dominant performance in goal.

How It All Went Down

In his home debut this season, Mike Fisher was whistled for hooking 1:40 into the contest, but the Predators were able to kill off the penalty and take control of the first half or so of the period following the kill.

Just moments after Fisher got out of the box, the former captain led a 2-on-1 rush with Ryan Johansen, but Johansen couldn’t quite lift the puck on his backhand effort. Shortly thereafter, Nashville had another great chance at getting the scoring going as Kevin Fiala broke into the zone with an impressive move before sending a wrist shot off the crossbar.

The Predators killed off two Dallas power play chances in the scoreless opening period while Dallas killed off Nashville’s lone chance on the man advantage.

The three penalties seen in the first period were just a preview to what was to come in the middle frame.

The two teams combined for seven minor penalties in the second period with Dallas being whistled for four while Nashville got hit with three of its own. Both teams remained unsuccessful on the man advantage despite earning four power play chances each through 40 minutes.

One reason for that was just how strong the Predators’ penalty kill was. The shorthanded unit won what seemed to be every loose battle along the boards and cleared the puck any chance they got allowing just one shot on net during the Stars’ power play chances in the period. The two netminders, Kari Lehtonen and Rinne were huge factors to both sides not lighting the lamp as well.

The Predators ended up doubling up the Stars in the shots on goal category in the second period with 14 shots on net compared to Dallas’ seven.

With neither team’s power play working thus far, it only made sense that the first goal would come during 5-on-5 action. Just over five minutes into the final period, Hartman beat Lehtonen with a strong backhanded shot from the slot giving the Preds a 1-0 lead.

Rinne and the Predators would stand firm with the 1-0 lead all the way up until there were just 14 seconds remaining in regulation when Nick Bonino made things 2-0 with the empty net tally.

The Predators finished the night with 34 shots on net compared to 26 from the Stars. The two teams also combined to go 0-for-9 on the power play with the Predators’ man advantage going 0-for-5.

Roman Josi missed his third straight game after he was listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury prior to Sunday afternoon’s game against the Avalanche. Kyle Turris was a healthy scratch and given what is presumed to be a maintenance day.

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