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Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Pekka Rinne  made 29  saves for his first 
shutout of the season in the Nashville Predators' 2-0 victory over the Chicago 
Blackhawks on Sunday. 

Mike  Fisher and Gabriel Bourque scored for the Predators, who went 2-2-0 on a 
four-game road trip. 

Corey  Crawford  stopped 15-of-17  shots for  the Blackhawks,  who now sit six 
points  behind  St. Louis for  first place in  the Central Division. The Blues 
beat the Penguins earlier Sunday. 

The  Predators took a 1-0 lead at 18:38 of the first period when Fisher tipped 
in Ryan Ellis' slap pass. 

Rinne made 11 saves over the first 20 minutes to preserve the one-goal margin. 

"He's  been  playing  well for  us  lately,"  Ellis  said  of Rinne.  "He  was 
outstanding. Great job for him to get the shutout." 

Bourque  gave  Nashville a 2-0 edge  at 17:35 of  the middle stanza. He took a 
pass  from Calle  Jarnkrok and  headed  up ice  before scoring  from the  left 
circle. 

Rinne made nine saves in each of the final two frames to preserve the victory. 

"They  do  a good job  of keeping  you on the  outside and preventing you from 
getting  to  the  net,"  Chicago  head coach  Joel  Quenneville  said  of  the 
Predators. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Predators have taken three of four against the Blackhawks this season ... 
Rinne  recorded his  31st  career  shutout ...  Chicago  forward Brandon  Saad 
returned  on Sunday after missing three games with an upper-body injury. Bryan 
Bickell  and Michal  Rozsival remained  out for  the Blackhawks  ... Nashville 
forwards   Patric   Hornqvist  (personal),   Paul  Gaustad  (upper  body)  and 
Patrick Eaves (lower body) missed the game ... Predators defenseman Seth Jones 
left the game with an upper-body injury ... The Blackhawks went 0-for-4 on the 
power play. 

 
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