Goalie Josh Harding earned his first shutout of the season (eighth career) Tuesday night with 16 saves against Nashville. Justin Fontaine scored his first game-winning goal in the 2-0 victory.
In a post-game interview, Harding played off the significance of his shutout noting that it was a team effort. "I can't take credit for this one. [...] You can't say enough about what the d-men did, what the forwards did. [...] This is for sure a team shutout."
Indeed, defenseman Jared Spurgeon made an impressive save in the third period as the puck passed Harding and toed the goal line. His quick move maintained the Wild's lead.
The Wild (4-3-3) outshot the Predators (5-4-1), 29-16. Nashville's previous season low for shots (25) came earlier this month against Minnesota. Minnesota leads the NHL in fewest shots against per game.
Pekka Rinne stopped 27 of 28 shots. Jason Pominville scored the Wild's second goal on an empty net. Assistant captain Zach Parise earned an assist on both goals, giving him a team-leading seven points (2-5).
Wild defenseman Ryan Suter played his 600th game, the first 542 with Nashville before signing a 13-year, $98 million deal with Minnesota on July 4, 2012.
Minnesota hosts Carolina on Thursday at 7 p.m.