When Peter Holland
took the ice in the shootout on Thursday night, he was set for just the fourth shootout attempt of his career and against one of the best goalies in the world in Pekka Rinne, no less. The young Leafs forward has shown off his scoring flair many times, particularly busting in alone on a breakaway against a goaltender, making him a natural selection for the skills competition.
In three shootout attempts last season, Holland recorded a goal in his last attempt of the season. That marker was also a game winner against Ottawa goaltender Andrew Hammond. Even with that shootout winner under his belt, Holland still sought out the advice of one of Rinne's former teammates.
“I asked (Nick Spaling) what (Pekka Rinne’s) weakness was and we both came to the conclusion that he didn’t have any," said Holland. "I just said I was going to go down and do the move I’ve done before, and just pull it to the blocker side quick and try to get it over his pad and it worked out for me there tonight.”
The move was a replica of his winner over the Senators, and garnered an identical result as the Leafs earned the win over the Predators. NHL goaltenders will officially be on the lookout for Holland's move to the blocker side.
The Leafs will aim to earn the regulation win on Saturday night when they host the Predators.