Skip to content

Predators take Game 2 in double overtime thanks to Pekka Rinne’s stellar saves

May 1, 2011, 1:54 AM EDT

Nashville Predators v Vancouver Canucks - Game Two Getty Images

What started out as a defensive battle for the first 58 minutes of the game turned into a double overtime thriller in Vancouver as the Predators beat the Canucks 2-1 to tie the best of seven second round series at 1-1 thanks to Matt Halischuk‘s snipe with 5:09 remaining in double overtime

We knew from the get-go that these two teams would be playing some defensively tough games and that it would be more of a battle of strategy than anything else. Turns out all we needed to have the game take a turn for the exciting was to head to multiple overtimes.

Nashville had a golden opportunity to break the game open and grab the lead in the second period when they headed to the power play. Only problem there is that the Predators power play has gone quiet and the Canucks know how to counter shorthanded. Alex Burrows helped make the Preds pay for their ineffectiveness to help the Canucks jump out to a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal.

This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!

From that point on, the Canucks took the foot off the gas pedal and tried to defend their way to victory. That strategy wouldn’t end up in their best interests.

Both Roberto Luongo and Pekka Rinne were stellar all game long with Luongo making 44 saves and Rinne making highlight reel stops all game long on the way to making 32 stops.  During regulation, it was Luongo who dazzled with his stops to keep the Predators off the board early on.

This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!

Ultimately it would be a weak goal under Luongo’s leg pad from Ryan Suter that would tie the game 1-1 with 1:07 to play in the third period. The Canucks would threaten once more late in the third with efforts to scare Rinne but could not break through.

The game headed off to overtime where the teams mutual hesitancy to press the offensive part of the game evaporated and the teams traded chances back and forth. There it was Rinne who stole the show pulling stunning save after stunning save to keep the Canucks turned away through both overtime and double overtime.

This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!

In double overtime, the game would turn thanks to a quick break in from the blue line that saw Nick Spaling hit Matt Halischuk with a pass and Halischuk would wire his shot over Luongo’s glove hand and into the net to end it.

This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!

For Nashville, the win is obviously huge as the tie the series up and get their offense on the board, finally. The work their defense did in keeping the Canucks quiet paired with Rinne’s unbelievable work. There’s still a lot of work to be done on the offensive side of things, but tonight they shined on defense and aside from a horrible power play mistake, they were flawless.

Vancouver, meanwhile, has to get that killer instinct back. Getting up 1-0 and then sitting back on the lead, even against a poor offensive team like Nashville, is a recipe for disaster. We’ve seen it happen to Vancouver before and we’ve seen it everywhere else throughout the playoffs. Safe might not be death, but it’s inviting the grim reaper into the rink to take a look around. If Vancouver can’t get their offense going, and that means their big guns of the Sedins and Ryan Kesler, every game is going to be close like this one. Playing with fire like that is no good for a team with designs on the Stanley Cup.

After the game, Matt Halischuk talks about his game-winning goal.

This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!

Here are the highlights from the double overtime epic between these two.

This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!

Latest Posts
  1. Report: Bruins extend tryout offer to Gustavsson

    Sep 4, 2015, 7:20 PM EDT

    Jonas Gustavsson AP

    Meanwhile, Daniel Paille still looks for work.

  2. Happy now? Kessel dropped 13 lbs. this summer

    Sep 4, 2015, 3:47 PM EDT

    Phil Kessel AP

    His critics get one fewer straw to grasp.

  3. Rich Peverley retires from NHL, joins Stars’ front office

    Sep 4, 2015, 2:25 PM EDT

    Rich Peverley AP

    He’ll reportedly work in the player development department.

  4. Rangers nab Chris Drury as director of player development

    Sep 4, 2015, 1:40 PM EDT

    Rangers Sign Chris Drury And Scott Gomez Getty Images

    GM Jeff Gorton is excited to bring him back to New York.

  5. Update: Multiple witnesses reportedly subpoenaed in Patrick Kane rape investigation

    Sep 4, 2015, 12:18 PM EDT

    Patrick Kane AP

    Everyone that was at his Hamburg home during the night of the alleged incident, to be exacted.

  6. Tyler Johnson should be ready for Lightning training camp

    Sep 4, 2015, 11:47 AM EDT

    Tyler Johnson AP

    He’s recovering from a broken right wrist.

  7. Zetterberg: Babcock leaving Detroit was best for both sides

    Sep 4, 2015, 11:45 AM EDT

    Stanley Cup Finals - Detroit Red Wings v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Six Getty Images

    A summer of change provides “a fresh start.”

  8. Lightning’s Vasilevskiy out 2-3 months after getting blood clot removed

    Sep 4, 2015, 10:15 AM EDT

    Andrei Vasilevskiy AP

    Less (or at least delayed) competition for Ben Bishop.

  9. Dmitry Orlov (wrist) ready after missing 2014-15

    Sep 3, 2015, 10:46 PM EDT

    Dmitry Orlov Getty Images

    He might serve on the Capitals’ third defensive pairing.

  10. Coyotes sign ’15 first rounder Nick Merkley

    Sep 3, 2015, 9:20 PM EDT

    Nick Merkley Getty Images

    He was Arizona’s second pick of the draft after Dylan Strome.

  11. Voynov detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

    Sep 3, 2015, 7:25 PM EDT

    Slava Voynov AP

    They took him under custody from jail and now he’s awaiting a hearing with an immigration judge.

  12. Calgary presents Ryan Wilson with PTO

    Sep 3, 2015, 6:25 PM EDT

    Ryan Wilson Getty Images

    Can he find a role with the Flames given their deep blueline?

  13. Interviewer: Raanta’s rooting against Hawks quote is real, but needs context

    Sep 3, 2015, 4:57 PM EDT

    Antti Raanta Getty Images

    “Antti was frustrated after Chicago send him [a] second time [to the] AHL and he told me truly how he felt.”

  14. Caps’ Backstrom won’t rush return from hip surgery

    Sep 3, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT

    Nicklas Backstrom Getty Images

    His availability for the season opener is in doubt.

  15. Seidenberg says trade rumors were ‘a slap in the face’

    Sep 3, 2015, 2:03 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Colorado Avalanche Getty Images

    Bruins d-man is using them as motivation for a bounce-back campaign.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kane (2081)
  2. P. Kessel (1523)
  3. M. Richards (1335)
  4. N. Backstrom (1234)
  5. M. Giordano (1137)