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Associated Press, Published March 24 2012

Rinne makes 24 saves as Predators defeat Jets

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators showed little southern hospitality to their former neighbors from Atlanta.

Pekka Rinne made 24 saves to lead the Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.

Matt Halischuk, Gabriel Bourque and Shea Weber scored for Nashville, which snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the Jets.

Tim Stapleton had the lone goal for the Jets, who have lost three of four. One night after rallying from a three goal-deficit and winning in overtime at Washington, the Jets lost their 21st road game of the season.

“You look at the game, we got shots, but very few quality shots, very few scoring chances,” Winnipeg coach Claude Noel said.

Winnipeg 0 0 1 – 1

Nashville 0 2 1 – 3

Second period: 1, Nashville, Halischuk 13 (Radulov, Klein), 2:56. 2, Nashville, Bourque 5 (Spaling, A.Kostitsyn), 10:01.

Third period: 3, Winnipeg, Stapleton 11 (Machacek, Maxwell), 12:53. 4, Nashville, Weber 15 (Fisher), 19:50 (en-pp).

Shots on Goal – Winnipeg 7-9-9 – 25. Nashville 10-5-13 – 28.

Goalies: Winnipeg, Pavelec 28-26-7 (27 shots-25 saves). Nashville, Rinne 40-16-8 (25-24).

A – 17,113 (17,113). T – 2:33.