For the second straight game, the Nashville Predators faced a young, inexperienced goalie. On Saturday, Anaheim’s Viktor Fasth earned a shootout win in his NHL debut. On Monday, it was Chad Johnson‘s turn. A veteran of just six NHL games coming into the night (all with the New York Rangers), he made his Phoenix Coyotes debut by posting a 21-save shutout.
In front of 8,581 at Jobing.com Arena, the Coyotes capitalized on their chances while the Predators couldn’t capitalize on theirs. Phoenix would blank Nashville 4-0.
While the final score may not suggest it, Pekka Rinne was outstanding. He kept Nashville in it until the waning moments. His 21 saves weren’t enough though as his team couldn’t give him any offensive support.
Antoine Vermette got the party started in Glendale. Just 3:00 into the contest, defenseman Keith Yandle carried over the blueline and got a pass to winger Nick Johnson in the high slot. Johnson tipped the pass to a streaking Vermette who wristed a laser past Rinne ...