Rinne & Preds hand Sabres a 3rd straight loss

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Buffalo Sabres left wing Evan Rodrigues (71) slides on the ice after getting a shot off against Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis (5) was penalized for tripping. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Entering Monday’s game, Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne led the league surrendering less than two goals per game to opponents.

The reigning Vezina Trophy Winner continued his solid play between the pipes on Monday, turning away 21 of the 22 shots he faced to hand the Sabres a third straight loss, 2-1.

Trailing 1-0 in the second period, after a mad scramble for the puck, Sam Reinhart was credited with his seventh goal of the season although the puck was tapped into the back of the net by Roman Josi.

Still tied at 1 late in the period, Kevin Fiala fired on net, and after taking a weird bounce off defenseman Casey Nelson, the puck found it’s way past Carter Hutton and to the back of the cage.

The Sabres had several chances in the final minute to tie the game, but failed to convert with the extra attacker.  They’re back on the ice Tuesday to host the rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

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