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Predators' Rinne named NHL Rookie of the Month

Tuesday, 03.03.2009 / 3:53 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, who posted a 9-2-1 record with a 1.72 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and two shutouts in 12 appearances, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for February.

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

Date Opponent Mins. Shots GA Result
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
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