The Nashville Predators have struggled to generate goals this season. Fortunately for them, Pekka Rinne doesn't give up many, either.
Rinne made 19 saves for his second consecutive shutout, leading the Predators to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.
Gabriel Bourque, Nick Spaling and Mike Fisher had the Nashville goals. Rinne has shutouts in three of his past four starts and has not allowed a goal in his last 137 minutes, 41 seconds of action.
"Especially the last two games, I thought the first periods, he allowed us to win the games," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "Anytime that you are going to have impact in a game, those top players, those great players in the league have impact when you are not stabilized."
Avalanche 4, Wild 3: Milan Hejduk and Matt Duchene scored in the shootout, and Colorado beat host Minnesota. Hejduk beat Niklas Backstrom with a backhand move and Duchene beat the Wild goalie with a wrist shot.
Islanders 4, Rangers 3: John Tavares scored in the second period and netted the winner in a shootout as the Islanders broke an eight-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden.
Senators: Defenseman Erik Karlsson had season-ending surgery to repair his left Achilles after the tendon was cut by a skate blade Wednesday against Pittsburgh. He was cut by Matt Cooke's skate as the two tangled along the boards. General manager Bryan Murray said Karlsson felt he "got cut with a skate that shouldn't be where it was." But the NHL's Department of Player Safety felt no discipline was required.
Canucks: Former Sharks center Manny Malhotra will miss the rest of the season after failing to adapt sufficiently following a career-threatening eye injury. In March 2011, he was struck by a puck during a game against Colorado.
Olympics: A decision on whether NHL players will head to the 2014 Sochi Games isn't likely this week, but the first day of discussions went well in New York.