Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Carter Hutton Makes 38 Saves, Leads Nashville Predators over Winnipeg Jets 3-1

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Carter Hutton Makes 38 Saves, Leads Nashville Predators over Winnipeg Jets 3-1

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Carter Hutton leads Predators over Jets


WINNIPEG - Carter Hutton couldn't have asked for a better place to pick up his first NHL win.

The 27-year-old Thunder Bay, Ont., native made 38 saves in front of a sold-out MTS Centre crowd that included his parents and several of his closest friends to backstop the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets Sunday night.

"They gave me the puck," said the undrafted journeyman who was making just his second NHL start after spending four seasons in the AHL. "But I think the biggest thing we got was the two points."

Nashville coach Barry Trotz chose to rest starter Pekka Rinne after the team's Saturday night win in Montreal, giving Hutton the chance to play in the NHL building that's closest to his hometown.

"Playing behind Pekka, he's a world-class goalie, so when I do get a chance to play I need to find ways to win hockey games. That's what they brought me in for," Hutton said, adding that waiting as long as he did for his first NHL victory made it extra special.

Patric Hornqvist scored the game-winner for the Predators (5-3-1), while Eric Nystrom and Matt Cullen added goals. Evander Kane had the lone Winnipeg goal.

Trotz didn't think his team showed as much energy as it did the night before in Montreal, but gladly took a road win against a division opponent.

"We got good goaltending. We feel we can play good team defence most nights and bend but not break," Trotz said. "Hopefully we can develop the offensive part of our game."

The Predators recorded only seven shots in the second period, but made three of them count as they took control of the game. The win extended Nashville's point streak to five games.

The Jets (4-5-0) failed for the third time this season to beat a team that arrived in Winnipeg in the wee hours after playing the night before.

Head coach Claude Noel didn't think his team's 39 shots provided nearly enough difficulty for Nashville's inexperienced netminder.

"I think the shots would be an illusion. …

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