Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Red-Hot Rinne Leads Predators to another Victory
The Nashville Predators are a game away from their first ever Conference Final as a franchise, and Pekka Rinne is one of the biggest reasons. The 34-year-old persevered in a goaltender battle with Jake Allen to spearhead the Predators to a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night in Nashville, staking Nashville to a 3-1 series lead over the St. Louis Blues in their best-of-7 series. If Allen was the story of round one, when he almost singlehandedly shut down the Minnesota Wild in five games, Rinne is becoming the story of the playoffs for the Predators. "I'm feeling good," Rinne, who stopped 32 of 33 Blues shots, said. "I'm confident, playing pretty well right now." That might be the understatement of this year's playoffs. On Tuesday he was spectacular throughout, and matched by Allen for much of the game until Ryan Ellis came through with a power play goal at 5:06 of the third to give the Predators a 1-0 lead. Ellis has now scored a point in seven consecutive games and he leads all NHL defenseman in playoff points with nine.
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