Game Recap

Predators 3, Panthers 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 3, Panthers 0
Florida Panthers 0, Nashville Predators 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Anders Lindback made 22 saves in his first NHL shutout, and Ryan Suter had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators beat the Florida Panthers 3-0 Saturday night.

Nashville has won five of six and has earned at least one point in seven straight games. Florida's three-game winning streak was snapped.

Lindback, a rookie goalie from Sweden who earned the start over injured No. 1 netminder Pekka Rinne, improved 6-1-2.

Team captain Shea Weber and Joel Ward had the other goals for the Predators.

Suter gave Nashville a 1-0 lead 1:14 in when he connected on a one-timer from the left circle off a pass from Martin Erat. Sergei Kostitsyn also assisted on Suter's goal, extending his point streak to a season-high five games.

Weber doubled the Predators lead at 16:49 of the first period.

Suter carried the puck behind the Florida net and found his defensive partner at the top of the right circle. Weber scored with a one-timer over the glove of goalie Tomas Vokoun.

Vokoun spent eight seasons with the Predators before being traded to the Panthers in June 2007. He holds the Nashville franchise record for wins, shutouts, and games played by a goalie.

Ward made it 3-0 with an empty-net, power-play goal in the final minute.

Notes: This was Suter's first two-point game this season. ... The Predators are 5-1-4 against the Eastern Conference this season and 4-0-2 against the Southeast Division. ... Florida will play only one of their remaining 54 games outside of the Eastern time zone - March 23 at Chicago. Florida D Bryan Allen missed a ninth game because of a foot injury.

Post-Game Quotes:
Head Coach Barry Trotz
On the play of Anders Lindback
He’s settling in really well. I thought the guys did a good job; they were very workmanlike. We got a good start tonight and played very disciplined and I think they wanted to help him get a shutout. He made a couple of really key saves. For a goaltender who didn’t have a lot of shots in the first half of the game, your mind can wander. He kept really good focus. They had some really good push in the third, but he just fought and found pucks.

On the play of Ryan Suter
Anybody’s who is out for any length of time, it’s going to take a little while to get going. He was skating really well. They were trying to go really hard on the forecheck and he broke out really well tonight and allowed us to get out of our zone.

On the play of Jordan Tootoo after being a healthy scratch against Detroit…
He played very well. I thought he had really good detail. He had good jump in his game. We didn’t have much of a conversation; we just say, “Play your game. Get back in the lineup and play your game.” That was really all that the conversation was.

On Jordin Tootoo’s hit on Michael Frolik…
He has impact when he plays, when he has good jump and gets the odd hit like he had tonight. [That was] a great hit. That was as clean and as hard a hit as you’re going to see in the game. Those are pretty impactful. It was a really good effort in a bounce-back for him.

On the defense generating shots…
Our defense did have a lot of shots. I think we had 11 of the first 19 from the defense. They had people back; they collapse around the goal. Our forwards got pucks up to the “D” and they got it back to the net. We wanted to have some traffic. [Vokoun] is a tremendous goaltender. He was probably the first star goaltender, and maybe the first star that we had here. We knew how difficult it was going to be. We knew we had to get shots at him in traffic. The guys used the point. We used the point and guys went to the net trying to create some rebounds and second chances.

The defense were active on the rush, like on Suter’s goal. We want our “D” to join, especially when teams send guys deep in your zone – you can catch them on a transition. Our “D” skate so well that you want them to jump up and create that odd-man situation.

On ice time distribution tonight…
They went with four lines more than they did against the Capitals the other night, so I just stayed with that. I only had a couple matchups I wanted. I stayed pretty close and true to that. They changed some people around. We’re in a stretch now – from tonight to next Saturday – that we have five games in eight nights, with travel. That’s going to be pretty taxing, so I was sort of happy to go with four lines.

Goaltender Anders Lindback
On his first career shutout…
It’s good. It is really good to be able to help the team out. It just feels really good.

After being given the puck by Hornqvist after the win…
It means a lot. It is always bigger with a shutout and this is my first on in the NHL so it feels special. It’s a good feeling.

Talking about his first shutout on home ice…
Oh of course it’s great to be out there in front of the home fans. It’s great.

Talking about how each games builds on to the next…
Yes I feel more and more comfortable. You get into it when you start to play continuously. I get really good help from the Defense. I don’t have to face as many chances. I play a really good game for me and they take away the chances.

Forward Jordin Tootoo
On his physical style of play…
It’s just the way I play. I play with a lot of impact and that just seems to get them off their game. I think in this league you have to be able to keep your head up and like I said, when I hit someone it’s with a lot of impact. I thought it was a clean hit and there isn’t much more to say.

On a hit like that adding emotion and drive to the game…
I think it gets guys a little more upbeat and [creates] more emotion. I think it’s great that they do that. I am here to try to win hockey games and I think, in the end, I want to hope that everyone of my teammates are going to back me up and I feel that.

Defenseman Ryan Suter
On his goal…
It was a good defensive play turned into a goal. It was a good pass by Marty [Erat].

On the defense having the most shots on goal…
I think it was just one of those nights. Some nights you get a lot of opportunities back there and tonight was one of those nights. Hopefully we can continue to pitch in.

Talking about when he started getting comfortable on the ice again after his injury…
Over the past couple of games. In Atlanta I started to feel really good and in Detroit I felt good. It’s all about getting your confidence up. When you miss time, your hands aren’t there. I think the last couple of games we have started to feel good again.

scoring summary
1st Period
Ryan Suter (1) ASST: Martin Erat (10), Sergei Kostitsyn (6)
1 - 0 NSH
Shea Weber (5) ASST: Ryan Suter (7), Jerred Smithson (3)
2 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
3rd Period
PPG - EN - Joel Ward (3) ASST: Francis Bouillon (8), Cody Franson (6)
3 - 0 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
Tomas Vokoun  Hi-sticking against  Jordin Tootoo
Jordin Tootoo  Roughing against  Bryan McCabe
Bryan McCabe  Roughing against  Jordin Tootoo
Steve Sullivan  Cross checking against  Darcy Hordichuk
Kenndal McArdle  Holding against  Ryan Suter
2nd Period
Kenndal McArdle  Charging against  Shea Weber
Patric Hornqvist  Interference on goalkeeper against  Tomas Vokoun
Kenndal McArdle  Boarding against  Cal O'Reilly
3rd Period
Dennis Wideman  Hooking against  Nick Spaling
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 26TOI: 59:27
Saves: 24EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 2PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0
Anders Lindback
Anders Lindback
SA: 22TOI: 59:49
Saves: 22EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0

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