Marcel Goc recorded the first multi-goal game his career and Pekka Rinne made 30 saves as the Nashville Predators defeated the Canadiens 3-0 Thursday at Montreal.
Goc gave the Predators all the goals they needed when he scored on a backhand shot 1:19 into the second period. He then capped the scoring with 8:43 to play in the contest.
He had 35 career goals in 348 previous games, including one in Tuesday’s loss at Toronto. The last time he scored in back-to-back contests was Dec. 27 and 29, 2009.
The 27-year-old now has five for the season, which equals the third-highest total of his career.
Rinne won for the third time in four games but was impenetrable after having allowed 14 goals in his previous four outings.
It was the second time in a little over a year Rinne held the Canadiens scoreless. Nashville also defeated Montreal 3-0 on Nov. 14, 2009 at Bridgestone Arena. His 16th career shutout moved him within five of Tomas Vokoun’s franchise record.
Cal O’Reilly scored Nashville’s other goal, his fourth of the season, and raised his team-leading point total to 13.
Center David Legwand was injured in the first period and did not return. He logged just 4:29 of ice time. His injury was classified as an issue with his lower body.