GLENDALE, Ariz. – Two goals was more than enough for the Nashville Predators to earn an all-important two points Saturday.
Goalie Pekka Rinne set a Predators’ record with his seventh shutout of the season as Nashville opened a four-game road trip with a 2-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.
The victory improved Nashville’s position in the Western Conference playoff chase. Minnesota earned just one point in an overtime loss Saturday and ended the day a point behind the Predators.
Rinne, who missed the previous two games due to illness, made 18 saves, 10 of them in the third period. Dan Ellis set the previous mark of six last season.
The Predators outshot the Coyotes 26-8 through the first two periods and 32-18 for the game but led just 1-0.
J.P. Dumont scored with 5:59 to play in the second period. It was the second straight game in which Dumont scored.
David Legwand added an empty-net goal with 35 seconds remaining. It was the 20th of the season for Legwand, which made this the second time in his career he reached that number.
Nashville continues its road trip Monday at Los Angeles (9:30 p.m., CDT).
Nashville (14:01) – J.P. Dumont (14). Assists: Steve Sullivan (12), Ryan Suter (32).
Nashville (19:25) – David Legwand (20) EN. Assist: Vernon Fiddler (6).
Goalies: Nashville – Pekka Rinne (23-11-1) 18 shots, 18 saves; Phoenix – Ilya Bryzgalov (21-28-5) 32 shots, 31 saves.