If only Justin Azevedo were here.
Alumni of the 2008 Memorial Cup runner-up Kitchener Rangers factored into every goal but the insurance marker as the Nashville Predators beat the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-0, in front of yet another sellout crowd at Bridgestone Arena.
Nashville’s Pekka Rinne made 19 saves for his second consecutive shutout and third in his last four games. The quantity of stops may not be exciting but half of them ranged from spectacular to important. Rinne is now 6-3-3 after starting the year 0-2-3.
Despite a dominant second period by the Preds — including two point-blank chances in the final minute — both teams remained scoreless until the third. With the former Kitchener winger Mikkel Boedker in the box, Gabriel Bourque deflected an innocent Martin Erat shot while standing in front of Mike Smith to make it 1-0.
Minutes later, two more Kitchener alums, Matt Halischuk and Nick Spaling, hooked up to make it 2-0, Nashville. A strong forecheck by Colin Wilson led to a perfec...