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Rinne uses knob of stick to make improbable save on Morrissey

Predators goalie gets just enough of sliding puck to prevent goal

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Rinne's unconventional stick save

NSH@WPG, Gm4: Rinne robs Morrissey with knob of stick

R2, Gm4: Pekka Rinne denies Bryan Little in front then gets the knob of his stick on Josh Morrissey's rebound try for a unique save in the 1st

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The wrong end of Pekka Rinne's stick was in the exact right place on Thursday.

The Nashville Predators goalie stopped Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey from scoring what looked like a sure goal during Game 4 of their Western Conference Second Round series. And he did it using the knob of his stick.

 

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Morrissey's reaction to the save tells the whole story.

Morrissey made a nice pass to forward Bryan Little in front, but Rinne made the save. When the rebound squirted out right to Morrissey, who was curling around the back of the net, he appeared to have an open net. Rinne stretched across the crease and reached out with his stick, just getting the knob in the path of the puck.

"So lucky. I'll take that any day but it was so lucky. I wish I could say I did that on purpose," Rinne said. "Actually, [Predators goalie coach] Ben Vanderklok, he taught me that."

The shot attempt by Morrissey actually ended up knocking the stick clean out of Rinne's hand, but Predators forward Ryan Johansen moved the puck away from the net.

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