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Pekka Rinne pitches shutout as Preds halt Canadiens


If Pekka Rinne knew just how he and the Nashville Predators keep shutting down the Montreal Canadiens’ offense they’d gladly face them more than once a season.

Rinne made 30 saves for his second shutout, Marcel Goc scored twice and the Predators ended Montreal’s four-game winning streak with a 3-0 victory Thursday night.

Rinne got his 16th career shutout, blanked Montreal for the second time in just over a year. He made 20 saves in a 3-0 home victory over the Canadiens on Nov. 14, 2009.

“I wish there was an answer but I guess it’s luck,” Rinne said. “We played the same way last year and this year we played really well as a team and that’s the story behind it, I guess.”

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