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Rinne stops 24 shots, leads Predators to 3-0 win over Sabres

  • Nashville Predators left wing Taylor Beck (41) reacts after tipping a shot past Buffalo Sabres goalie Matt Hackett (31) for a power play goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)

    Nashville Predators left wing Taylor Beck (41) reacts after tipping a shot past Buffalo Sabres goalie Matt Hackett (31) for a power play goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, makes the save against the Buffalo Sabres in the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)

    Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, makes the save against the Buffalo Sabres in the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)  (The Associated Press)

Pekka Rinne made 24 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

Taylor Beck, Craig Smith, and Mike Fisher scored for Nashville, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Rinne earned his third shutout of the season and 36th of his NHL career.

Matt Hackett made 40 saves for Buffalo, which has lost nine of 10.

Beck gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 14:52 of the second period.

Buffalo's Johan Larsson was whistled for a holding-the-stick penalty in the offensive zone. Matt Cullen won the ensuing faceoff back to Shea Weber at the right point, and he fired a slap shot. Beck skated through the slot and tipped the puck past Hackett for his second goal in three games.