Nashville 4, Dallas 0

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 8:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Nashville 11-9-1-5 6-2-0-4 5-7-1-1 W1
Dallas 12-11-2-0 5-5-1-0 7-6-1-0 L2

Recap


Predators 4, Stars 0: Pekka Rinne made 32 saves to secure his NHL-leading fifth shutout and Richard Clune scored on a penalty shot in the second period as visiting Nashville defeated Dallas for the fourth straight time.

Captain Shea Weber and Gabriel Bourque netted power-play goals and Nick Spaling also tallied. Craig Smith and David Legwand each notched a pair of assists for the Predators, who snapped a six-game road winless streak (0-5-1).

After stopping all 24 shots he faced against Edmonton on Friday, Rinne didn't miss a beat versus Dallas. The Finn made nine saves in the first period, 15 in the second and eight in the third to preserve his 30th career shutout.

Nashville gave Rinne all the offense he would need at 12:16 of the first period. Matt Halischuk stole the puck at center ice before feeding Spaling, who wristed a shot past Kari Lehtonen (17 saves).

After Weber doubled the advantage 2:16 into the middle session, Clune was hooked by Stars defenseman Jordie Benn on a breakaway. Clune converted the subsequent penalty shot, beating Lehtonen between the pads to give Nashville a 3-0 lead.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Dallas was without C Jamie Benn (wrist injury) and captain Brenden Morrow (strained groin) but saw the return of LW Ray Whitney from a broken foot. Whitney was playing in his first game since Feb. 1. ... Nashville scored more than one goal on the road for the first time since Feb. 18 at Colorado. ... Predators C Paul Gaustad suffered an upper-body injury and did not return. ... Rinne has posted five shutouts in 23 starts after recording the same amount in 72 starts last season.

Top Game Performances

Nashville   Dallas
David Legwand 2 Points N/A
Gabriel Bourque 1 Goals N/A
David Legwand 2 Assists N/A
Gabriel Bourque 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Pekka Rinne 1.000 Save Percentage Kari Lehtonen .810
Pekka Rinne 32 Saves Kari Lehtonen 17

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 21 4 2-4 4-4 35 35
Dallas 32 0 0-4 2-4 45 32

Upcoming Games

  • Dallas will play their next game at home against Anaheim . The Stars have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .583 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play their next game on the road against Vancouver . The Predators have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .467 after a loss.