In the playoffs so far, he might’ve taken over as the best.
After getting no goal support in Game 1 with Vancouver, Rinne finally received a little offensive backing last night, although it took double overtime for his Nashville club to prevail, 2-1, in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal series between the teams.
Rinne made sure the Predators had a chance by stopping 32 of 33 shots, including 11 of 11 in the overtime periods. For his efforts, Rinne is the TheBruinsBlog.net Star of the Night.
Many of Rinne’s stops in the extra sessions were jaw-droppers, reminiscent of saves made by some of the greats of the game.
After the game, he spoke about his overtime mindset. The Tennessean quoted Rinne as saying:
“It’s one of those things. You have no choice. It’s sudden death, and you try to be ready for every single situation, every single shot and go from there. It was easy to stay focused tonight, especially in overtime. It seemed like they were shooting the puck a little bit more. It’s always a fun one when that happens.”
The underdog Preds are now even with Vancouver heading home for Game 3 and 4. If Rinne can keep on at this rate, it’ll be really tough for the Canucks to avoid a long series.
Honorable mention: Matt Halischuk (GWG OT) of Nashville; Roberto Luongo (44-for-46 saves) of Vancouver; David Krejci (2-2-4), Brad Marchand (2-1-3), Patrice Bergeron (3 assists) and Dennis Seidenberg (2 assists) of Boston.
Boston 7, Philadelphia 3
Nashville 2, Vancouver 1 (2OT)
Detroit at San Jose, 3
Tampa Bay at Washington, 7