A team that had nothing to play for played surprisingly inspired hockey on Thursday night. Two days after being eliminated from the playoffs, the Predators earned a 2-0 win over Phoenix — a team that had everything to play for — in front of 17,174 fans at Bridgestone Arena. Phoenix (36-29-15) is battling Dallas for the Western Conference's final playoff spot, but the Coyotes have lost six straight. The Coyotes entered Thursday's games two points behind the Stars. Goalie Pekka Rinne became the Predators' career leader with 162 wins, one ahead of Tomas Vokoun. Rinne, who has struggled since returning from a hip infection in early March, earned the win with 29 saves. "Yeah, it's a milestone, for sure," Rinne said. "It feels good, but it's also a team achievement as well. Tomas Vokoun that I passed — he was a great goalie for this organization and he did a lot of good things to grow this organization." It was Rinne's first shutout since a March 23 win at Chicago.
Nashville Predators shut out Phoenix Coyotes
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