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Watson scores as Predators shut out Islanders

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The Canadian Press
9/22/2013 8:45:23 PM
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NASHVILLE -- Pekka Rinne made 13 saves in his first preseason game to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday night.

Rinne played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May.

Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied 5:15 later for Nashville.

Injuries limited Bourque to 34 games for the Predators last season.

Watson, a first-round selection of the Predators in 2010, saw his first NHL action last season and scored one goal for Nashville.

Carter Hutton, signed in the off-season to be Rinne's backup, played the final period, making 12 saves.

Anders Nilsson stopped 23 shots for the Islanders.

Austin Watson and Craig Smith (Photo: Canadian Press)

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