With his Predators beating the Red Wings 2-0, Pekka Rinne collected his 59th career shutout in Detroit last night, passing John Ross Roach and tying Evgeni Nabokov at 19th all-time in shutouts.
It was a game where you could have slept through the first two periods without missing much, but it's become evident in their two straight wins that the Preds are back to their shoot-happy ways. They outshot the Red Wings 33-24 last night, but most importantly, they dominated in high-danger chances, racking up 12 for themselves and allowing Detroit just five of their own.
Rinne's upwards bump in the NHL's all-time goalie records now puts him three shutouts shy of passing Turk Broda (61), and five shy of tying his peers- Marc-Andre Fleury and Henrik Lundqvist (64).
Filip Forsberg had a goal waved off at the end of the second period after a questionable goalie interference call on Mikael Granlund, but redeemed himself in no time, tallying the game's first official goal 44 minutes into play. With five shots and a pinpoint assist on Eeli Tolvanen's assurance goal, Forsberg earned the game's first star.
Roman Josi recorded assists on both goals last night, joining Forsberg with five shots on net. Ryan Johansen returned to the lineup last night after suffering an upper body injury on Feb. 4 in Florida, and though he only recorded a single shot, his presence was definitely felt on the ice. Mark Borowiecki has been much less of a liability lately, taking zero penalties in the last five games and recording a massive 22 hits in that time.
The Preds managed to hold the Robby Fabbri-Anthony Mantha combo to zero shots last night; Fabbri and Mantha alone combined for three goals and two assists in the opening two-game series against the Preds two weeks ago.
The Preds will remain in Detroit for another tilt with the Red Wings tomorrow.