Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne
made 19 saves to lead the Rookies to a 9-5 win over the Sophomores in the YoungStars Game at the 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend. A two-time AHL All-Star, Rinne is making his first appearance at the NHL All-Star Weekend.
Rinne allowed just one first period goal as the Rookies jumped out to an early 3-1 lead. The game opened up in the second period with the teams combining for seven goals in the three-on-three exhibition event. Rinne clamped down in the third period, stopping 12-of-13 shots, including a breakaway save on NY Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky midway through the period.
Boston Rookie Blake Wheeler took home the game MVP honors with three goals.NHL.com Rookie Game CoverageNHL.com Rookie Game Recap