Pekka Rinne Hits Empty Net Against Blackhawks [Video]

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Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne becomes the first goalie since Mike Smith in 2013 to score a goal in the Predators win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Nashville had a 4-2 lead when Rinne fired the puck into the air from behind his own net. It landed inside Chicago's blue line and slid into the goal before Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach could chase it down.

The 37-year-old Rinne said he realized it went in when he saw teammate Nick Bonino celebrating. Rinne had 29 saves and recorded his 14th career point with the goal.





Pekka Rinne was selected in eighth round (No. 258) by the Nashville Predators in the 2004 NHL Draft, soon after he and Karpat Oulu won the first of two consecutive Finnish Elite League championships.

Rinne began his North American playing career with the Predators' top minor league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL). Initially, Rinne was slated to be the backup for Brian Finley, but Rinne became the starter as a consequence of Finley's poor play. In the summer of 2006, Rinne was "roughed up by a couple of unknown assailants" and during the fight, he dislocated his shoulder. As a result, he had to have surgery and missed the first four months of the season.

Rinne appeared in two NHL games with Nashville during the 2005–06 season. He compiled a record of 1–1–0 with a .900 save percentage and a goals against average (GAA) of 3.80.

Following Dan Ellis's stellar performance for Nashville in the 2007–08 campaign, starter Chris Mason was traded to the St. Louis Blues and Rinne was called up to serve as backup to Ellis for the subsequent 2008–09 season.

Rinne tied for second in the American Hockey League with 30 regular-season wins in 2005-06, then had 10 postseason wins (three shutouts) to lead Milwaukee to the 2006 Calder Cup Finals.


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