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Pekka Rinne made 26 saves on his 36th birthday as he backstopped the Nashville Predators to a 1-0 shutout win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.

The Preds improved their NHL-best record to 11-3-0, while the Bruins dropped to 7-4-2. Boston had trouble with the speed and skill of the Nashville blue line all night, and Roman Josi made them pay for the game’s only goal.

Josi picked off Danton Heinen in the Boston zone, then sped around him before deking by Torey Krug to the front of the net and firing the puck through Jaroslav Halak.

Nashville ended up out-shooting the Bruins 40-26 in the game. Both teams went scoreless on the power play in a penalty-filled contest.

The most notable penalty of the night went to Brad Marchand, who drew a double-minor for high-sticking and unsportsmanlike conduct against the Preds’ Colton Sissons. Replays revealed that Marchand’s stick never made contact with Sissons’ head or face, which led Marchand to mock the forward with an embellishment gesture.

He ended up with the double-minor and a 10-minute misconduct – on a penalty call that should have never been made in the first place.

The Bruins will head back home to TD Garden on Monday, when they clash with ex-Bruin Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars.

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