Nashville’s Rinne Leaving His Mark On The Second Round

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011


The individual standout performances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs have only just begun.

It’s still too soon to tell if the four conference semifinals currently going on will extend quite as long as the majority of the first-round series did, but there have already been a handful of dramatic moments and the potential exists for plenty more as Washington, Philadelphia and Detroit try to work their way back from 2-0 deficits against Tampa Bay, Boston and San Jose, respectively, while Vancouver and Nashville look for ways to light the lamp in a goaltender-dominated series currently tied at a game apiece.

Pekka Rinne, Predators — Like Thomas and Luongo, he’s a Vezina Trophy finalist. Unlike his veteran competition, though, Rinne is getting his first taste of the conference semifinals — and it seems to be agreeing with him. After a so-so first round that saw a rare burst of Nashville goal-scoring bail him out on a couple occasions, Rinne has returned to elite form in helping the Preds steal a game in Vancouver. In fact, he almost stole them both. Rinne stopped 29 of 30 shots in a Game 1 where his team was manhandled at times but lost only 1-0, then made the save of the playoffs on Kevin Bieksa in the first overtime of Game 2 en route to 32 saves and a 2-1 victory.

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Vezina Candidate Pekka Rinne Dominate In 2-1 Victory Over Canucks

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011


After Pekka Rinne made several spectacular saves in the extra periods, Nick Spaling took Suter’s entry pass and fed the puck cross-ice to Halischuk. He quickly snapped a shot over a sprawling defender and the glove of Luongo, giving the Predators the win that got them back into the first second-round series in team history.

“I was just trying to get it off as hard and quick as I could,” Halischuk said. “Tried to pick my spot and luckily it went in.”

Rinne made it possible with several acrobatic game-saving stops in extra time, finishing with 18 of his 32 stops after regulation.

“He was definitely their best player,” said Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who had an empty net taken away by a headfirst dive from Rinne with 2:14 left in the first overtime. “We had plenty of chances to win it in overtime and plenty of chances to go up 2-0, and he stood on his head.”

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Despite The Loss, Kaspars Daugavins Shows Fight Against Portland With Goal

Monday, May 2nd, 2011


Binghamton went down early in the first, but stormed back in the second with twgoals to take the lead back. With goals from captain Ryan Keller and Kaspars Daugavins, Bingo went into the third period up 2-1. Portland tied the game early in the third with a goal from Derek Whitmore. With the game looking like it was headed for overtime, Tom Conboy scored with 12 seconds left in the game for the Portland win.

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Pekke Rinne – History Will Be Made

Monday, May 2nd, 2011



History Stands On It’s Head.

Rinne To The Rescue, Predators top Canucks in 2OT To Tie Series 1-1

Sunday, May 1st, 2011


After Pekka Rinne made several spectacular saves in the extra periods, Nick Spaling took Suter’s entry pass and fed the puck cross-ice to Halischuk. He quickly snapped a shot over a sprawling defender and the glove of Luongo, giving the Predators the win that got them back into the first second-round series in team history.

“I was just trying to get it off as hard and quick as I could,” Halischuk said. “Tried to pick my spot and luckily it went in.”

Rinne made it possible with several acrobatic game-saving stops in extra time, finishing with 18 of his 32 stops after regulation.

“He was definitely their best player,” said Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who had an empty net taken away by a headfirst dive from Rinne with 2:14 left in the first overtime. “We had plenty of chances to win it in overtime and plenty of chances to go up 2-0, and he stood on his head.”

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