Predators' goalie named one of NHL's top performers for the week

Monday, November 2, 2009 at 2:29pm
Staff reports
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Pekka Rinne

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was named the National Hockey League’s Second Star of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.

Rinne started two games and earned a victory off the bench in another last week as the Predators won three in a row for the first time this season.

He posted his first shutout of the season (the eighth of his career) in a 2-0 victory Thursday over Chicago. He made 22 saves in that game and followed with 27 stops in a 4-2 victory Saturday against Dallas.

He has accounted for the Predators’ last four shutouts and six of the last seven.

For the week he had a 0.76 goals-against average (GAA) and a .968 save percentage. He improved to 4-3-0 with a 2.63 GAA and a .910 save percentage for the season.

It is the second weekly award of his career and the first this season by a Nashville player. He was the NHL’s First Star for Dec. 1-7, 2008.