ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — When Pekka Rinne stuck out his gangly right leg just in time to block Teemu Selanne's point-blank early scoring chance with his pad, the Anaheim Ducks realized exactly what they're up against in the playoffs' first round.
The 6-foot-5 Rinne and his Nashville Predators are a defensive puzzle that not even the high-scoring Ducks could solve in their opener.
Mike Fisher had two goals and an assist, Rinne made 27 saves, and the Predators clamped down defensively on Anaheim in a 4-1 victory Wednesday night.
Steve Sullivan got his first goal since mid-December, and captain Shea Weber also scored as fifth-seeded Nashville got off to a great grinding start. The Predators haven't won a playoff series in five tries over the previous six seasons, but their defensive prowess has them up 1-0 on the road for the second straight year.
"That's our game, and you saw how we like it," said Rinne, whose Predators also held a 1-0, first-round lead on eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago last spring. "We like to play solid defensively and then score when there's an opportunity. It's not complicated, but when we do it the right way, we're pretty good."
Game 2 is Friday in Anaheim.