Pekka Rinne makes insane back-of-the-leg save vs. Hurricanes (Video)
Pekka Rinne has been outstanding this season for the Nashville Predators as arguably the NHL’s top goaltender. But now he’s just getting ridiculous.
Against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night, Rinne was well out of his crease after a poke-check attempt on Jiri Tlusty. Nathan Gerbe of the Hurricanes had an open net in front of him and fired the puck. Rinne, somehow, pushed the back of his leg out and made the stop.
(Keep in mind a goalie isn’t exactly protected back there, so this was a risky one.)
Oh, no big deal, just a crazy, reverse-kick save, trapping the puck under his pad …
Like many amazing things, this one was born from something rather terrible, i.e. Mike Ribeiro’s defensive zone puckhandling.
Seriously, was a lazy, lazy play. The Hurricanes’ Victor Rask easily forced Ribeiro into a turnover, thus forcing Rinne to make a super aggressive play in an attempt to break it up. He couldn’t, which then set up that backward leg save.
So thanks Mike Ribeiro. Or something.