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NHL Names Rinne Second Star of the Week

Nashville Goaltender Backstopped Predators to Three-Straight Wins to Conclude Regular Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Tarasenko earns week's first star

Tarasenko, Rinne, Radulov named 3 Stars of the Week

Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko, Predators' Pekka Rinne and Stars' Alexander Radulov are named the NHL's 3 Stars of the Week ending Apr. 7th

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The Predators had a perfect 3-0-0 record in the final week of the regular season, and Pekka Rinne had plenty to do with it.

The NHL took notice, and on Monday morning, they named the Nashville goaltender as their Second Star of the Week as the 2019 campaign came to a close.

Rinne won all three of his starts and posted a 2.01 goals-against average and .935 save percentage to help the Preds to their second-consecutive Central Division title. He made 26 saves in a 3-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres April 2, 30 stops in a 3-2 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks April 4 and 31 saves in a 5-2 division-clinching victory against the Chicago Blackhawks April 6.

The 36-year-old finished the season with a 30-19-4 record, 2.42 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and four shutouts in 56 outings. Rinne's five consecutive 30-win seasons are tied for the longest active such streak in the NHL, along with Devan Dubnyk and Braden Holtby.

Video: Tarasenko, Rinne, Radulov named 3 Stars of the Week

On the final day of the regular season, Rinne tied Miikka Kiprusoff for second in all-time games played by a Finnish netminder with 623.

Rinne and his teammates begin the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night when they host the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of their first-round series. Check out the Predators Playoff Hub for everything you need to know about the postseason. 

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