Pekka Rinne's best efforts not enough for a game-five victory Friday night

by Joshua Wattay | Predators Correspondent | Sat, May 6th 12:05am EDT

Pekka Rinne stopped 30-of-32 shots-faced during Friday's 2-1 defeat to the Saint Louis Blues in game-five.

Fantasy Impact:

Rinne ended the evening with two goals-allowed and a respectable .938 save-percentage. The elite defensive lines of Nashville did not play up to their reputation, as on both goals Saint Louis was able to slip a forward directly in front of the crease. The first of which occasions happened as Blues right wing Dmitrij Jaskin cycled after a face-off in Nashville's end and netted a rebound goal from the side slot. The second goal, scored by Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz, left Rinne visibly upset as another rebound effort was netted while Nashville's defense was slow to react. With that being said, Rinne did not let his frustrations effect his performance, as he made a remarkable pad save late in the third period during a Blues three-on-one offensive rush. Rinne now has a .923 save-percentage to go along with a 2.00 goals-against-average during the series with Saint Louis. He will undoubtedly start game-six, barring a setback, on Sunday night in Nashville. The Predators still hold a 3-2 series advantage over Saint Louis.

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