Pekka Rinne looked every bit like the player who was nominated for the Vezina Trophy on Thursday night in a 1-0 loss to Vancouver in Game 1 of a second-round series. The Nashville goaltender made 29 saves. "If it wasn't for Pekka, it could have been 5-0," Predators forward Jerred Smithson said. "That's the norm for him though. We see it all the time." Rinne stopped the Canucks on two sterling scoring chances. He got a save off defenseman Keith Ballard's own rebound in the first period — Rinne looked like he couldn't find the puck after Ballard's shot — and stuffed Henrik Sedin on a breakaway late in the third period. In Nashville's first-round series against Anaheim, Rinne had a 3.29 goals against average and .876 save percentage. "He played outstanding all game, he was so solid back there, gave us a chance late," forward Mike Fisher said. "We had some chances, and he's a big reason why we were 1-0 and maybe had a shot."
Pekka Rinne turns in top effort
Tennessean | Apr 29