Pekka Rinne makes rare start for Nashville Predators in loss against Hurricanes
So much for 56-0.
It wasn't how the Predators started Monday against the Hurricanes so much as it was who started in goal for the Predators.
Juuse Saros took a seat on the bench for a change. Pekka Rinne took his place, his first start since March 2.
The Predators didn't finish with their third straight victory, though. A 4-2 loss halted their season-opening winning streak at two after the Hurricanes scored two goals in the third period. The Predators also had won five in a row during the regular season dating to last year.
Viktor Arvidsson scored his first goal – and the Predators' first power-play goal of the season – late in the third.
Rinne allowed three goals, including a short-handed score, and made 20 saves.
Willie O'Ree, the first Black player in NHL history, was honored before the game at Bridgestone Arena on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Both teams took the ice for the anthem and the video montage before the game.
During the game, Filip Forsberg pushed his scoring streak to three to start the season. His goal during the second period tied the score 1-1 and came 46 seconds after he watched from the penalty box as the Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead.
Forsberg's first two goals this season put the Predators ahead.
Forsberg scored in the first four games last season, a franchise record.
"That's a big part of my game, being a guy you can count on in those situations," Forsberg said before Monday's game.
Big number: 16. Different Predators who have been credited with a point through the first three games of the season.
Big name: Arvidsson was checked hard into the boards in front of his bench during the second period and was doubled over in pain before making his way down the tunnels to see trainers. He returned shortly after and assisted on Forsberg's goal.
Big game: Vincent Trocheck scored a short-handed goal to put the Hurricanes ahead 2-1 early in the third.
On the wire: The Predators recalled forward Mathieu Olivier from the taxi squad and assigned defenseman Ben Harpur from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL to the taxi squad.
Next: Predators vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Bridgestone Arena, Fox Sports Tennessee, 102.5-FM.
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