Game Recap

Predators 2, Canadiens 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 2, Canadiens 0
Montréal Canadiens 0, Nashville Predators 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A record-breaking night for the Nashville Predators left them feeling victorious, while a record-tying night for Carey Price left him with a loss.

Steve Sullivan scored two goals and Pekka Rinne made 20 saves to lead the Predators to a 2-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Nashville outshot Montreal 55-20 and the Predators have won two straight and six of their past eight. Montreal has dropped four of six. The 55 shots are a franchise record for Nashville.

Rinne got his second shutout of the season and ninth of his career. Sullivan had just two goals in the team's first 17 games of the season. Price made a career-high 53 saves for Montreal. The 53 saves tied Wayne Thomas' Canadiens record for most saves in a game. Thomas did it March 10, 1974 in a 5-4 win at Pittsburgh.

"They threw a lot of pucks at the net tonight," Price said. "Records aside, we were here to get two points, not a record."

"He performed well, there is no doubt," Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said of his goaltender. "It's unfortunate that his teammates didn't take advantage of a performance like that."

Sullivan scored his first goal at 10:48 of the opening period when he collected a rebound of his own shot and was able to beat Price with a backhand.

The Predators set a franchise record with 24 shots on goal in the first period. The previous record for shots in a period was 23 set Feb. 28, 2004, against the New York Rangers.

"It's just the mindset, you break down teams' defense when you put it on net," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "They are scrambling for pucks, they are reaching, and we are being firm in their offensive zone."

J.P. Dumont was credited with the only assist on Sullivan's goal. Dumont leads the Predators in points this season with 12.

"I'm not going to lie, I really feel comfortable with J.P., and I find that he really settles the play down for us in the offensive end," Sullivan said. "He's so good at puck protection and nifty little passes that when you are open, you are getting the puck."

Sullivan made it 2-0 at 12:59 of the third period.

With the Predators on a 5-on-3 power play, Price stopped a slap shot from Nashville defenseman Shea Weber, but the rebound came right to Sullivan in the left circle where he fired a one-timer by Price on the stick side.

Rinne has won six of his last seven and improved his record on the season to 6-4-0.

"The guys on defense did a great job, I didn't have to face too many shots," Rinne said. "Obviously you have your good saves and your moments, but it was one of the easier games that we have had this year so far."

Notes: Nashville out shot Montreal 24-4 in the first period. The 20 shot margin was the second largest single period margin in the NHL this season. ... The Canadiens made their first trip to Nashville since Feb. 22, 2007. ... Montreal right wing Brian Gionta missed his first game of the season with a lower-body injury. ... Saturday's game was the first of five consecutive home games for the Predators. They play seven of their remaining eight November games at home.

Post-Game Quotes
Head Coach Barry Trotz
On generating 55 shots…
I just thought we skated. We played to our identity. If you look back to our trip to California, I think we outshot everybody. We skated really well, we were first to pucks, we were really hard, we were firm, and we had net presence. Obviously we’d like to have a little more finish.

It’s just the mindset. You break down teams’ defense when you put it on net. They’re scrambling for pucks, they’re reaching. We were being firm in the offensive zone. Detroit has that mindset – they break you down by throwing pucks at the net.

On Carey Price’s performance…
I thought Price played really well when it was 1-0. He kept it 1-0 for a long time. He made a great save on Steve Sullivan in the second period.

On a balanced attack…
What I was impressed with was that we had balance through our lineup. I think that after the second period every line had at least 5 shots. There was balance in terms of the chances they were generating, and I like the fact that we didn’t give them anything. We were dominant; we didn’t give them anything. There were only a few minutes in the third period where we started trading chances – but we were able to recover from that.

On controlling the game’s momentum in the final minutes…
Getting the second goal just killed their will. If you looked at their bench when we scored the second goal, it was game, set, and match.

On JP Dumont returning to the lineup and playing on the top line…
They’re such different players. Patric Hornqvist heads to the net and he’ll shoot pucks. JP Dumont is a little slicker, crafty. Sullivan and Dumont know each other – they have a few things that they do to telegraph to each other what they’re going to do. They’ve played a lot together. They’ve become a good line. More than simply creating offence, they’re good defensively, and that to me is a good line. They’re getting their chances because they’re playing good defense – that’s what a good line is.

On controlling the Canadiens’ attack…
It’s all three zones. I thought we played well on the forecheck – we created a lot of turnovers. We didn’t give them a lot in the neutral zone, and defensively we did a really good job of maintaining position. We were controlling sticks; we were controlling the slot. I thought we played a three-zone game. As I said to the team after the game, “If you play that way, it becomes hard to play against us.” We want to be a team that is hard to play against. In this building, if you play that way every night, this is going to be a tough place to play. It becomes “Smashville.”

Forward Steve Sullivan
On Nashville’s play as a team…
I think that in the last three games since San Jose, we’ve been really dominant in the other team’s zone; we’ve created a lot of havoc and we’ve been putting a lot of pucks on net. We’ve had a lot of good scoring chances. Tonight we created a lot of pressure for their defensemen and made them turn on every shift.

On having only a one-goal lead after such a dominant performance in the first period…
You do get a little nervous when you are dominating the play like that. When you’ve only got a one goal lead, sometimes that’s where they get a lucky bounce and then it’s a 1-1 game.

On only having two penalties during the game…
I thought throughout the whole 60 minutes we kept our feet moving and we didn’t have very many penalties against what we thought was a very fast Eastern Conference team.

Goaltender Pekka Rinne
On being pleased with his overall performance tonight…
Our team played a great game and it was a pretty easy game for myself with the help everyone else.

On Nashville’s defense overall tonight…
The guys on defense did a great job; I didn’t have to face too many shots. Obviously you have your good saves and your moments, but it was one of the easier games that we have had this year so far.

Forward J.P. Dumont
On getting a win after their West Coast trip…
Coming home from having such a long trip on the West Coast and having a day off yesterday was – one that we really deserved – we knew that we needed to play hard right away and we did.

On the team’s performance during the first period…
We got a really good start and we never looked back after that. Sometimes when you have that many shots and you don’t score, the other team will come back with a goal; but we never looked back, so that was really good for us.

scoring summary
1st Period
Steve Sullivan (3) ASST: J-P Dumont (9)
1 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
3rd Period
PPG - Steve Sullivan (4) ASST: Shea Weber (5), Jason Arnott (3)
2 - 0 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Tom Pyatt  Tripping against  Jason Arnott
David Legwand  Cross checking against  Jaroslav Spacek
Carey Price  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
Ryan White  Boarding against  Joel Ward
Jason Arnott  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
3rd Period
Andrei Kostitsyn  Holding against  Martin Erat
Ryan White  Hooking against  Steve Sullivan
Tomas Plekanec  Holding against  Francis Bouillon
goalie stats
Carey Price
Carey Price
SA: 55TOI: 60:00
Saves: 53EV: 44 - 45
PIM: 2PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .964SH: 1 - 1
Pekka Rinne
SA: 20TOI: 59:46
Saves: 20EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2 is the official Web site of the Nashville Predators and are trademarks of the Nashville Predators.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Nashville Predators and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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