Rinne edged St. Louis Blues center T.J. Oshie (4-5--9 in 13 games), Anaheim Ducks center Andrew Ebbett (2-8--10 in 12 games), Detroit Red Wings left wing Ville Leino (4-4--8 in 12 games), Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (6-2--8 in 12 games) and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason (5-3-1, 2.34 goals-against average, one shutout) for the award.
Five of Rinne's nine victories were one-goal decisions, including two in shootouts (4-3 over St. Louis on Feb. 12 and 3-2 over Boston on Feb. 14), one in overtime (1-0 at St. Louis on Feb. 21) and two by a 2-1 score (at Edmonton on Feb. 1 and vs. Phoenix on Feb. 3). He closed the month by reaching the 20-win mark and tying a franchise record with his sixth shutout of the season in an 8-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Rinne ranks second in the NHL in goals-against average (2.15), tied for second in shutouts (six), third in save percentage (.926) and is 3-0 in shootouts. His shootout save percentage of .900 is second-best among goaltenders facing at least five attempts.
Rinne in February HIGHLIGHTS
|Feb. 1||at Edmonton||60||33||1||2-1 win|
|Feb. 3||PHOENIX||60||30||1||2-1 win|
|Feb. 5||ANAHEIM||60||30||2||4-2 win|
|Feb. 10||DETROIT||59||50||4||5-3 loss|
|Feb. 12||ST. LOUIS||64||27||3||4-3 win (SO)|
|Feb. 14||BOSTON||65||25||2||3-2 win (SO)|
|Feb. 16||OTTAWA||59||24||2||2-0 loss|
|Feb. 19||ST. LOUIS||63||36||2||2-1 loss (OT)|
|Feb. 21||at St. Louis||63||30||0||1-0 win (OT)|
|Feb. 24||CHICAGO||59||32||3||5-3 win|
|Feb. 26||PHOENIX||60||26||1||4-1 win|
|Feb. 28||DETROIT||60||30||0||8-0 win|
|TOTAL||731||373||21||9-2-1, 1.72 GAA, .944 SAVE %, 2 SHUTOUTS|