Nashville 2, Dallas 0

Thursday, April 5, 2012 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Dallas 42-34-1-4 22-15-0-3 20-19-1-1 L4
Nashville 47-26-3-5 26-10-2-3 21-16-1-2 W2


PREDATORS 2, STARS 0: Pekka Rinne turned aside all 28 shots he faced to make defenseman Francis Bouillon's third-period goal stand up as host Nashville moved past Detroit and into fourth place in the Western Conference.

The loss officially eliminated Dallas from postseason contention.

Patric Hornqvist provided insurance by scoring with exactly two minutes remaining in the third period for the Predators, who hold a one-point lead over Central Division-rival Detroit with one game remaining. The Red Wings, who dropped a 2-1 home decision to New Jersey earlier on Thursday, will host fellow Original Six rival Chicago on Saturday while Nashville will visit Colorado.

The win also clinched a playoff spot for the Los Angeles Kings, who faced San Jose later Thursday.

After two scoreless periods, Bouillon finally opened the scoring 4:28 into the third. Nashville established pressure in the offensive zone before Bouillon's backhander beat Kari Lehtonen for his fourth goal - with all of them coming since March 12. The blue-liner is just one tally shy of his career-high.

Rinne, who missed Tuesday's game with a virus, made the modest offense stand up by stopping all 12 shots in the third period for his fifth shutout and 25th career.

Lehtonen, who finished with 29 saves, threw his stick into the corner in disgust after he yielded Hornqvist's goal.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Dallas, which went 0 for 4 on the power play, has failed to score on its last 15 opportunities with the man advantage. ... The teams won two games apiece in the season series. ... Dallas defenseman Mark Fistric exited the game in the second period with a lower body injury. He did not return.

Top Game Performances

Dallas   Nashville
N/A Points Patric Hornqvist 2
N/A Goals Patric Hornqvist 1
N/A Assists Patric Hornqvist 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Kari Lehtonen .935 Save Percentage Pekka Rinne 1.000
Kari Lehtonen 29 Saves Pekka Rinne 28

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Dallas 28 0 0-4 2-2 4 27
Nashville 31 2 0-2 4-4 8 32

Upcoming Games

  • Nashville will play its next game on the road against Colorado. The Predators have a W/L % of .532 after a win and .647 after a loss.
  • Dallas will play its next game at home against St. Louis. The Stars have a W/L % of .512 after a win and .526 after a loss.
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