Here’s another save-of-the-year candidate from save-of-the-year candidate factory Pekka Rinne

Preds star goalie Pekka Rinne has been making stellar saves for years now – but Tuesday against Carolina, he made a save he likely hasn’t made before, and almost certainly won’t ever again.

Nashville Predators star goalie Pekka Rinne has jumped to the top of the Vezina Trophy contenders list because he’s been outstanding all season, but Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes, he pulled off something you rarely see: a backward kick save.

Nearing the halfway point of the first period, Rinne robbed Nathan Gerbe – with his back to the Canes left winger:

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Rinne’s save had nothing to do with technique and everything to do with luck, but in a game that was decided by one goal and in Nashville’s favor, it mattered as much as any of the other 22 shots he stopped.