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Predators react to Finnish call of Pekka Rinne's big Game 4 saves

Goalie calls audio 'pretty funny,' was referred to as 'Yellow Tarzan' during wild sequence against Penguins in Final

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / Senior Managing Editor

Finnish broadcast goes crazy

Finnish broadcast goes nuts for Rinne's diving save

Listen to the Finnish broadcast of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, as Antti Mäkinen goes bananas for Pekka Rinne's diving save

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NASHVILLE -- By now the entire hockey world has listened to the Finnish TV call of Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne's big saves on Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.

The Nashville players themselves are no different.

The Predators tied the best-of-7 series 2-2 with a 4-1 win in Game 4 and held a meeting at Bridgestone Arena to prepare for Game 5 at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports). 

The Nashville coaching staff showed a replay of the series of three saves in four seconds by Rinne as described by Viasat play-by-play broadcaster Antti Makinen, who briefly lost his mind as the incredible sequence unfolded.


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A huge smile came across Rinne's face when he was asked about it Tuesday.

"It's pretty funny," he said. "He gets pretty fired up."

The enthusiasm of Makinen's call brought a smile to the faces of the Predators players even though they had no idea what was being said.

"We just listened to it in the meeting, it was hilarious," center Colton Sissons said. "I wish I knew what they were saying, but they sure were excited."

The best part is the Finnish contingent on the Predators, Rinne, backup goaltender Juuse Saros and forward Miikka Salomaki, refused to fill their teammates in on what was being said.

"He and the other Finnish guys kept it to themselves," Sissons said.

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According to Makinen, the best translation of his call would be, "Now Pittsburgh turns quickly and once again Crosby breaks away and Rinne endures! The puck is still in play! No it doesn't go! PEKKA RINNE! Totally senseless stop by Rinne! Totally senseless stop by Rinne!"

In his next sentence on the broadcast, Makinen says he called Rinne a "Yellow Tarzan."

A day later, Rinne was able to further appreciate what got Makinen so excited a night earlier.

"Sometimes you make a big save and it makes you feel good, gives you a little bit of confidence," Rinne said. "Things happen so quickly. Even that one, it wasn't just me. [Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis] was battling there, he was diving across. [defenseman Roman Josi] was diving across. Everybody's trying to get the stick on it and then I was just laying myself out there. So it's a team effort and you've got to be a little bit fortunate too to keep the puck out of the net in that situation."

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