Pekka Rinne sat at his locker stall and calmly answered questions about his 32-save performance - the impossible ones, the easy ones - all of them. Next to the Nashville Predators goaltender sat about 15 water bottles, Gatorade bottles and empty cups. Through three periods Saturday, Rinne was hardly tested by 15 Vancouver shots on goal. In two overtimes, however, the Canucks peppered Rinne with 18 shots. He stopped all of them, and the Predators won 2-1. "It's one of those things. You have no choice," Rinne said. "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." A one-minute span defined Rinne's overtime. First near the two-minute mark of the first overtime, Rinne stopped Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa with a sprawling arm save. Bieksa took a cross-ice pass, but Rinne's length prevented the puck from passing the goal line. About one minute later, Rinne stopped forward Maxim Lapierre on a sure-fire scoring chance in front of his net. "No one wants to win more than the big guy in net," Predators defenseman Shane O'Brien said. "He was fired up to get this series going. He played unbelievable."
Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne stymies Vancouver Canucks
Tennessean | May 1