October 12, 2018 / 3:16 AM / 11 days ago

Predators ground Jets in shutout win

Nashville’s Ryan Johansen, Roman Josi and Ryan Hartman scored their first goals of the season, and Pekka Rinne posted his 52nd career shutout when the host Predators beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 on Thursday.

Hartman scored on a breakaway early in the second period and Rinne nursed the lead until Johansen and Josi scored about seven minutes apart in the third.

Rinne made 29 saves, four on a Winnipeg power play midway through the third period and another on a breakaway by Blake Wheeler with three minutes remaining to preserve the shutout.

Nashville outshot the Jets 30-29 and won despite failing to convert on any of its nine power play chances in the first rematch of a 2018 Western Conference semifinal playoff series won by the Jets in seven games. Winnipeg won three playoff games in Nashville last season, including Games 5 and 7.

Hartman stole a cross-ice pass at center ice and skated in to put a backhander past Connor Hellebuyck at 3:02 of the second period.

Josi scored on a one-timer from between the circles for a 2-0 lead at 7:58 of the third period after Hartman started the play with a steal at the other end. Ryan Ellis also assisted.

Johansen scored on a backhander at 14:42 of the third period after taking a pass from Viktor Arvidsson.

Tempers flared at 15:41 of the second period, when Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers and Wheeler and Nashville’s Mattias Ekholm and Colton Sissons were given five-minute penalties for fighting.

Winnipeg also had five minor penalties in the second period but the Predators could not convert any of the power plays despite twice holding five-on-three advantages in the final five minutes of the period. Nashville had 13 shots on goal in the second period and Winnipeg had two.

The Jets also killed off a double minor against Patrik Laine for high sticking at 15:13 of the first period. The Predators were 0-for-4 on the power play in a 3-0 home loss to Calgary on Tuesday.

Hellebuyck made 27 saves while making his fourth straight start of the season.

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