Preds Blank Leafs On Road, 2-0

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TORONTO -- Steve Sullivan had his first NHL point in almost two years to help the Nashville Predators shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Playing just his second game of the season after missing the entire 2007-08 season and half of this season with a back injury, Sullivan assisted on the third-period game-winning goal by Radek Bonk.

David Legwand added an insurance goal with just under seven minutes left while Pekka Rinne made 17 stops to record the shutout for Nashville.

Bonk's power-play goal was the result of a nice individual play by Sullivan.

After taking the puck at the right point, he moved across the ice, shook off the checking of Matt Stajan and snapped a quick shot that Bonk deflected over the glove of Toronto goalie Vesa Toskala.

Sullivan played just over 12 minutes in Nashville's win over Chicago on Saturday before sitting out the game in Chicago on Sunday night.

Toskala's best save came early in the game when he stopped J.P. Dumont on a breakaway.

Toronto was trying to snap a three-game losing streak, but Rinne did a good job of limiting second-chance opportunities by controlling his rebounds.

Rinne, the 26-year-old rookie, has allowed more than two goals just once in his past eight appearances. The game marked his fourth shutout of the season in 15 games.

The Predators won for the first time in eight tries on the road and have victories in three of their past four games.


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