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Rinne Leads Predators To 2-0 Win Over Coyotes

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Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, blocks a shot as Phoenix Coyotes center Martin Hanzal (11), of Czech Republic, tries to deflect the puck in the third period of Game 3. (AP Photo) Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, blocks a shot as Phoenix Coyotes center Martin Hanzal (11), of Czech Republic, tries to deflect the puck in the third period of Game 3. (AP Photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Pekka Rinne made 32 saves as he returned to his dominating form, Mike Fisher scored his first goal of these playoffs, and the Nashville Predators found their rhythm with a 2-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series.

After giving up nine goals on the road as the Predators fell behind 2-0 in the best-of-seven matchup, Rinne was rarely challenged by the lackluster Coyotes. He helped the Predators overcome the team suspensions of forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn.

Phoenix still leads 2-1 in the series that will continue with Game 4 in Music City on Friday.

David Legwand and Fisher capitalized on mistakes and scored 66 seconds apart midway through the first period. Rinne, a finalist for the Vezina Trophy given to the NHL's top goalie, made the goals stand up.

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