ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Goalies Mike Dunham and Jamie McLennan both had perfect nights as the Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild skated to a 0-0 tie Wednesday night.
It was the second time this season the expansion Wild played a scoreless game and the first in franchise history for Nashville.
McLennan had 27 saves for Minnesota, while Dunham had 23 for the Predators.
Minnesota controlled play for much of the first period, outshooting the Predators 12-3. The Wild held Nashville without a shot on goal for the first nine minutes.
Nashville took control in the second, dominating the shots and keeping the puck in Minnesota’s end for much of the period. Nashville’s best chance to break the deadlock came nearly eight minutes in.
Skating on the power play, Predators forward Patric Kjellberg hit the right goal post with a shot from the faceoff circle. Just a few seconds later, with the puck still alive in the Minnesota zone, Predators defenseman Kimmo Timonen picked up a loose puck in front of the net and hit the same post before McLennan covered up.
The Predators had another scoring opportunity in the third, when Marian Cisar caught a loose puck coming out of the penalty box and came in alone on the Minnesota net. As Cisar slid the puck to his backhand and looked ready to shoot, McLennan made a diving stab and knocked the puck off Cisar’s stick.
Both of McLennan shutouts this season have been in 0-0 games. He also worked the scoreless tie against Florida in October.
Notes: Minnesota forward Brian Bonin and D Chris Armstrong were in uniform after being called up from Cleveland of the IHL. ... Predators D Pavel Skrbek was scratched from his second consecutive game after sustaining a mild concussion on March 17. ... The Wild are on pace to finish with 73 points, which would tie them for second best for an expansion franchise. The 1993-94 Florida Panthers finished with a record 83 points.