Rinne solid again as Predators edge Lightning

NHL.com | Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 1:47 AM

Simon Moser and Kevin Klein scored and Pekka Rinne made 14 saves to lead the Nashville Predators past the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, at Bridgestone Arena.

Rinne, recovering from offseason hip surgery, played the opening two periods before being relieved by Marek Mazanec, who gave up a goal on three shots he faced in the third period. It was the second consecutive game that Rinne played two periods and did not allow a goal.

Steven Stamkos had the lone goal for the Lightning at 19:14 of the third period.

Moser, a Swiss native on a professional tryout agreement with the Predators, scored off a pass from Rich Clune at 4:48 of the second. Klein made it 2-0 with 5:13 remaining in the third.

Anders Lindback, Rinne's backup in Nashville for two seasons before being traded to Tampa Bay in June 2012, had 31 saves.

"It was fun to play against Lindy," Rinne said. "It was good to see him play extremely well, but we still got the win.

"Lindback saw a lot of action, but I think he played pretty under control," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "He made the saves and that’s what you want in your goaltender, to make all the saves you can. You can’t expect Lindback to keep making all the saves, but he was under control and played the puck well. I thought he was exceptional. Plus, he’s coming into a town that he used to play in, so there’s that added pressure and he responded."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
04:48NSH Simon Moser (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Rich Clune (1) 1 - 0 NSH
3rd Period
14:47NSH Kevin Klein (1) Slapshot - ASST: Paul Gaustad (1) 2 - 0 NSH
19:14TBL Steven Stamkos (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jonathan Drouin (1), J.T. Brown (1) 2 - 1 NSH
Three Stars of the Game
Kevin Klein
Kevin Klein
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:22
Simon Moser
Simon Moser
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 13:50
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
SA: 14TOI: 39:33
GA: 0
PIM: 0
SV%: 1.000
Penalty Summary
1st Period
09:16NSH Matt Hendricks  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  B.J. Crombeen
09:16TBL B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Matt Hendricks
19:43TBL Andrej Sustr  Holding  - 2 min against  Mike Fisher
2nd Period
02:40NSH Rich Clune  Hooking  - 2 min against  Steven Stamkos
09:32TBL Steven Stamkos  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Roman Josi
13:40NSH Mike Fisher  Boarding  - 2 min against  B.J. Crombeen
3rd Period
04:37TBL Eric Brewer  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Simon Moser
12:37TBL Nikita Kucherov  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
16:23TBL Pierre-Cedric Labrie  Roughing  - 2 min against  Rich Clune
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/20/5
Faceoff Wins2435
Blocked Shots178
Penalty Minutes159
2E. BrewerD00-11221:07
6S. SaloD0011015:58
8M. BarberioD00-12021:29
11T. PyattC0001014:22
14B. ConnollyR0002017:09
16T. PurcellL00-22013:38
19B. CrombeenR0000512:38
23J. BrownR0110010:45
24D. KorobovD0000017:56
27J. DrouinL0100016:08
42D. TyrellC0000011:20
44N. ThompsonC0000014:10
51V. FilppulaC00-11019:01
56N. KucherovR00-10212:22
62A. SustrD00-13224:00
76P. LabrieL0000210:31
77V. HedmanD0002019:10
91S. StamkosC1012219:15
30B. Bishop00.0000:00
39A. Lindback3133.93959:01
4R. EllisD0001016:47
6S. WeberD0006025:39
7M. CullenC0002016:19
8K. KleinD1013018:22
11D. LegwandC00-10017:03
12M. FisherC0001215:25
16R. CluneL0121211:50
21S. MoserC1001013:50
24E. NystromL0003014:49
25V. StalbergL000101:42
26M. HendricksL0012514:11
27P. HornqvistR0004022:19
28P. GaustadC0122015:11
33C. WilsonL0000016:22
42M. EkholmD0012019:54
47J. PiskulaD0001012:57
57G. BourqueR00-11017:26
59R. JosiD0002026:21
35P. Rinne14141.00039:33
39M. Mazanec23.66720:00