BUFFALO, N.Y. — Pekka Rinne stopped 35 shots for his eighth shutout of the season and the Nashville Predators set a franchise record by earning a point in their 15th consecutive game with a 4-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.

Mike Fisher and Ryan Johansen scored goals 4:34 apart in the second period, and Filip Forsberg and Ryan Hartman sealed the victory by scoring in the final four minutes.

The NHL-leading Predators improved to 14-0-1 in their past 15, and also extended their team-best road winning streak to nine straight.

Rinne won his 11th straight to match his personal best.

He also improved to 40-9-4 in becoming the seventh goalie to win 40 games in a season three or more times.

PANTHERS 2, CANADIENS 0: Roberto Luongo stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the season and the 76th of his career, leading Florida at Montreal.


Aaron Ekblad and Aleksander Barkov scored to help the Panthers inch closer to a playoff position, pulling three points behind idle New Jersey for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

Antti Niemi finished with 38 saves for Montreal.


PENGUINS: Goaltender Matt Murray practiced and looks ready to return from a concussion that’s kept him out for the past three weeks.

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