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THW’s Goalie News: Rinne’s Goal, A Pair of Shutouts & More

gave us a full schedule across the National Hockey League and it was a very
good night for goaltenders. Some of the top performances included a pair of
shutouts and a rare goalie goal!

Scores Versus Blackhawks

Nashville Predators were in Chicago last night to take on the Blackhawks in a
big game as the two teams were separated by just one point when the puck
dropped. New head coach John Hynes picked up his first win with the Predators
in a 5-2 victory, but that is not what this game will be remembered for.

In the final minute of play, goaltender Pekka Rinne retrieved the puck from behind his own net and lofted towards the vacated Blackhawks’ cage. When the puck finished its journey, Rinne became the 12th goaltender in National Hockey League history to score a goal.

excited voice you heard in the highlight was that of former Predators goaltender
and current color analyst Chris Mason, who scored a goal during his playing
days in Nashville.

just scored, it was a two-goal lead, and luckily the puck was flat on the ice
and I was able to take a shot,” Rinne said shortly
after lighting the lamp
. “I like to play the puck, so I mean it’s
something I’ve always dreamed of. So now I think the stars were lined up for me

was the first goalie goal since Mike Smith scored for the Phoenix Coyotes back
on Oct. 19, 2013. Rinne is the second oldest goaltender to ever score a goal;
only Martin Brodeur was older when he scored on March 13, 2013.

& Bishop Earn Shutouts

Just when everyone was ready to write off the Tampa Bay Lightning, they, all of a sudden, look like the juggernaut many predicted them to be at the start of the season. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves in 4-0 win over the first-place Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. The shutout was the first of the season and the 19th of Vasilevskiy’s career.

“[The shutout] means a lot for our team and [Vasilevskiy],” said Nikita Kucherov, who scored twice in the victory. “He’s been unbelievable. Regardless of what people are going to say about his game, I think he’s the best player in the league, and he proved it tonight. He’s been proving it all season.”

The Lightning has won nine games in a row and now sit in second place of the Atlantic Division. They have pulled themselves to within seven points of the first-place Boston Bruins.

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy
Vasilevskiy picked up his first shutout since Feb. 16, 2019. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

in Anaheim, former Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop made 27 saves in a 3-0
shutout of the Ducks. The veteran netminder also had an assist in the Dallas
Stars’ sixth straight victory.

“[Shutouts] seem to be getting slimmer and slimmer these days in the League,” Bishop said after the game. “The guys did a great job. Some big blocked shots there and a couple opportunities where they had some backdoor opportunities, and the guys did a great job picking up their guys, so it’s a team effort.”

Ben Bishop Dallas Stars
Bishop has the Stars riding high these days! (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

now has two shutouts on the season and 33 in his NHL career.

Comes Up Huge Versus Wild

Winning streaks were the theme last night as the Calgary Flames also extended their streak to four games in a row with a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Cam Talbot was the man of the hour as he made 42 saves to pick up his second straight victory. He gave up a lone goal against 32 shots at the Blackhawks on Tuesday night. In his last two starts, Talbot has allowed just two goals on 75 shots for a .973 save percentage (SV%). He is 5-2-0 with a 1.93 goals-against average (GAA) and .944 SV% in his past eight games.

Cam Talbot Calgary Flames
Talbot has been lights out for the Flames of late. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY)

huge to keep this streak going,” Talbot said during
his postgame press conference
. “We’ve got four more games before the
(All-Star Game) break and we’re trying to separate ourselves from the teams
below us and catch the teams above us. We know these games are going to be huge
coming up.”

With the recent hot streak, the Flames are now tied with the Edmonton Oilers for third place in the Pacific Division. The Oilers currently own the tiebreaker because they have more regulation wins at this point. However, the Flames do hold the first wild card spot in the Western Conference.

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