Pekka Rinne certainly did not need to prove a point.

It is unlikely many doubted the Nashville Predators goalie was worth what the franchise agreed to pay him for the next seven seasons when the sides agreed to a new contract Thursday.

The 29-year-old who also celebrated his birthday the same day as his $49 million contract immediately rewarded the franchise's largess when he posted his third shutout in six games as the Predators defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0 at Arena.

Rinne stopped all 35 shots he faced three days after he allowed a season-high five goals in a loss to Chicago.

It was his highest save total in a shutout since he made 35 back on Feb. 5 last season against Detroit. More than half his franchise-record 23 career shutouts have required 30 or more saves on his part.