Rinne humiliated as Predators thrashed

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Nashville goalkeeper Pekka Rinne was substituted after leaking four goals from eight shots in a disastrous opening period (AFP Photo/RONALD MARTINEZ)
Nashville goalkeeper Pekka Rinne was substituted after leaking four goals from eight shots in a disastrous opening period (AFP Photo/RONALD MARTINEZ)

Los Angeles (AFP) - Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne suffered a humiliating first period substitution as the Predators were thrashed 5-1 by the Dallas Stars on Wednesday in their Stanley Cup playoff series.

Finnish veteran Rinne -- recipient of the NHL's goaltender of the year award in 2018 -- was hooked by Predators boss Peter Laviolette after a disastrous opening spell in Dallas.

The 36-year-old leaked four goals from eight shots before being hauled off the ice in favor of Juuse Saros.

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Although Saros performed creditably for the remainder of the game, the contest had effectively been decided after Rinne's nightmare opening.

Roope Hintz scored twice for Dallas as the home side leveled their Western Conference series at 2-2.

John Klingber and Esa Lindell provided the assists for Dallas while Ben Bishop made 34 saves, with the Predators' lone goal coming from Roman Josi. Game five takes place on Saturday.

Elsewhere Wednesday, David Pastrnak scored twice as the Boston Bruins held off the Toronto Maple Leafs to claim a series-levelling 6-4 win in their Eastern Conference series.

Czech winger Pastrnak had failed to score in the opening three games of the best-of-seven series as the Leafs edged into a 2-1 lead.

But the 22-year-old ended his goal drought decisively at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena as Boston squared the series at 2-2 with three games remaining.

Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists for the Bruins while goaltender Tuuka Rask made 38 saves.

Auston Matthews scored twice for the Leafs with Frederik Andersen making 25 saves as the series heads back to Boston on Friday for game five.

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