Pekka Rinne (John Russel/Getty Images)
Is there anything Pekka Rinne can’t do this season? With the Predators up 2-1 and the visiting Jets on the power play, Rinne dove across his crease to deny Bryan Little, using nothing but his mask to make the stop. Unbelievable.
Pekka Rinne has been the best goaltender in the NHL this season. Part of staying at the top of the league is using whatever you have available to stop the puck, and Rinne did exactly that against the Winnipeg Jets Thursday.
With Winnipeg on the power play and the Predators clinging to a 2-1 lead, the Jets moved the puck around the zone with ease before it ended up on the tape of Mathieu Perreault. Perreault’s shot ricocheted off the pads of Rinne and went right to Bryan Little, who had half the net to shoot at. Out of nowehere, Rinne came across and stopped Little’s blast – with his mask.
By the look on Little’s face, it’s safe to assume he can’t believe the save, either.
The stop was one of 32 Rinne made on the night, as the Predators won their NHL best 37th game of the season and further cemented their lead as the league’s top team with 80 points. Nashville has now won four straight, and Rinne leads the league in goals-against average at 1.99 and wins with 32.