Originally written on Smashville 24/7  |  Last updated 7/10/14

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators looks on against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on November 5, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks defeated the Predators 4-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
In a somewhat surprising move, Pekka Rinne started this afternoon against the New York Islanders – not Anders Lindback – on the front end of a back-to-back. Rinne didn’t disappoint, turning away 36 of the 37 shots he faced in the Predators’ 3-1 victory. It was the Preds’ fifth straight win.The Preds didn’t waste any time to jump on the Islanders in this matinee contest. Sergei Kostitsyn scored just 2:17 into the game, his sixth goal in seven games this month. Kostitsyn’s goal, his third in as many games, came via another wicked wrister off the rush.Over three minutes later, Matt Halischuk beat Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin to record his 10th goal of the season. David Legwand capped off the first period scoring at the 11:37 mark when he finished off a nice tic-tac-toe play with Martin Erat and Colin Wilson to give the Preds a 3-0 lead through 20 minutes.The second period was all about Rinne. New York poured 19 shots on goal, but Rinne was there to close the door. The key momen...

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