Rinne ties Predators' shutout record in victory at Calgary

Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 6:35pm
Staff reports

Pekka Rinne tied the franchise record for career shutouts as the Nashville Predators snapped a four-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

The Predators (3-3-1) were outshot for the seventh time in as many games this season but Rinne stopped all 33 he faced for his 21st career shutout, which he got in his 184th career appearance. Tomas Vokoun had 21 shutouts in 383 contests from 1998-2007.

Nashville managed just 14 shots of its own but got goals from Niclas Bergfors in the second period and Sergei Kostitsyn in the third. Calgary (2-4-1) had an 8-3 edge in shots in the first period and 14-2 in the third.

Bergfors was credited with the first goal when the puck bounced off his chest 2:34 into the second period. Brian McGrattan and Jack Hillen had the assists. It was the first point as a Predator for all three players.

Kostitsyn registered a point for the sixth time in seven games and provided some insurance when he capped off a two-on-one with Craig Smith with 5:24 remaining.

The victory capped a three-game road trip through Western Canada.

Briefly

• Defenseman Mattias Ekholm was reassigned to Byrnas IF of the Swedish Elite League, where he will play out the remainder of this season.

The 21-year-old appeared in two of Nashville’s first six contests and did not have a point. He registered one shot on goal and a minus-1 rating.

A fourth-round pick in 2009, Ekholm remains a critical piece on the team’s future on defense.

• The NHL fined defenseman Shea Weber $2,500 for a boarding violation Thursday against Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen. A minor penalty was assessed on the play, and the fine, announced Friday, was the maximum allowable under the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players.