Carolina Hurricanes shut out Nashville Predators, take 2-0 series lead
Some faces changed for the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night in Raleigh, N.C.
The result for the visitors, though, stayed the same in a 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. The Predators trailed 1-0 until pulling goalie Juuse Saros in the final minutes.
Eeli Tolvenen and Brad Richardson replaced Calle Jarnkrok, who was sick, and Mathieu Olivier.
Coach John Hynes also split up Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis on defense after saying both could have played better in a 5-2 Game 1 loss. And Matt Benning replaced Ben Harpur on defense.
Still, the Predators couldn't score and couldn't convert on any of their power plays.
Sebastian Aho scored a power-play goal with 11 minutes, 57 seconds left in the first to make it 1-0 and end an 0-for-5 start in such situations for the Hurricanes, who had the second-best power play in the league.
Vincent Trocheck almost made it 2-0 later in the period, but Saros’ spectacular save prevented what would have been a shorthanded score.
The Canes scored twice in the final minute, including Aho's second, an empty-netter.
The Predators' power-play struggles continued with a 0-for-7 effort, following Monday's 0-for-3 showing.
The teams combined for 14 penalties. The Hurricanes managed six shorthanded shots on goal, while allowing 10 on seven Nashville power plays.
Carolina rookie goalie Alexander Nedeljkovic continued his strong play with 32 saves.
Teams that have lost the first two games of NHL playoff series are are 51-330 overall in those series.
Game 3 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Bridgestone Arena.
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