Nashville’s star goaltender was nearly unbeatable against the San Jose Sharks last night and as evidenced by one particular sequence, he didn’t even care if the saves counted.
He’s going to have to fend off a very deserving Carey Price, but it would be no surprise if Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne earned his first-ever Vezina Trophy this summer.
He and Price are neck-and-neck in the stats department, with both lording over the pile in terms of goals-against average and save percentage. Rinne has the better team in front of him, but he also has more wins – so he’s making the most of his opportunities.
But enough Vezina talk for now, let’s just look at some of the handiwork the Finnish Fortress displayed in a 5-1 win over San Jose last night:
That last one on Joe Pavelski actually came after the whistle, so it would not have been a goal anyway, but you can tell Rinne was just not going to let the puck get by him, strictly on principle.
Rinne ended the night with 42 saves and was named the first star of the game. He’s 15-1-1 in his past 17 decisions and one of the reasons Nashville is the best team in the NHL right now.