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Still-united Sedins end Pekka Rinne’s ridiculous run

Feb 8, 2012, 12:58 AM EDT

Going into tonight’s Vancouver Canucks-Nashville Predators game, it seemed like the biggest story revolved around what the Sedin twins might accomplish apart. Instead, the contest provided further evidence of what the two can pull off together.

In this case, they achieved two impressive feats: helping Byron Bitz achieve a two-point night and ending Pekka Rinne‘s 11-game winning streak. Check out highlights from Vancouver’s 4-3 shootout win below.

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Rinne’s ravishing reign

Blame it on playing in a non-traditional market if you’d like, but Pekka Rinne is playing like a guy worth an epic contract lately. The Canucks ended Rinne’s huge winning streak, but it only puts his amazing run in perspective. Here are a few fun facts:

  • Rinne has only lost one game in regulation since the New Year rolled around.
  • He is 14-1-1 in his last 17 games.
  • Want it to get more absurd? He’s 20-2-1 in his last 24.
  • About the only thing he isn’t pulling off is shutouts; Rinne “only” has a single goose egg in that span.

In other words, beating the Predators is a pretty big deal right now. The Sedins came into Tuesday night struggling – relatively speaking – but they made a pretty emphatic argument that they should never be broken up. (Like, ever.)

Perhaps Bitz argued that he’s good enough to play in the NHL in the process. The two games he’s played are his first at hockey’s highest level since he split time between the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers in 2009-10.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Luongo looked pathetic on two of those goals.

    • salmon90 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:27 AM

      Rinne looked remarkable on two of his goals.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:41 AM

        I didn’t see any pucks go through him.

      • gekkoguy82 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:37 AM

        Pekka did have one get through him, Kesler’s goal. Just squeaked between his trapper and body after he got a piece of it. Even so, it was a terrific shot on Kesler’s part, Rinne can’t totally be faulted. Both netminders played extremely well after giving up 3 goals, imho. They each bounced back nicely.

    • warpstonebc - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:50 AM

      Yah. What a loser, carrying his team to a win after giving up two bad goals. What a schmuck. ;D

      Amusingly, the most positive part of this game for Canucks fans was that Luongo was amazing after giving up those soft ones and that he won the shootout. Not a shutout, but still a solid 2 points on the road thanks mostly to Mr. Pathetic.

      • blomfeld - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        “after giving up those soft ones” …

        Friend … yesterday’s game was the perfect microcosm of exactly why Luongo needs to be traded back to Florida ! Like a box of chocolates, you just never know what you’re going to get with this guy … and the simple fact is that you just can’t have that come playoff time, which is something even Luongo’s most ardent supporters will grudgingly acknowledge. Somehow or someway, the Canucks management need to have a “spaghetti dinner” with this guy and make him see that it’s in “his” interest to immediately surrender his NTC and agree to a return to Florida, where he belongs. I’m already on record here for predicting that this will happen in the summer. I’m now sensing however, that this should probably be done sooner than later … and God willing, it will !

  2. hibackhand - Feb 8, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Ballroom Bitz is the new Anson Carter… Can he too parlay his Sedin fame and fortune into a Hiphop recording company?

    • haterzgonahate - Feb 8, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      i think they should put him on a line with Burrows just so we can call it the “Bitz and Bites line”

  3. hsnepts - Feb 8, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    To anyone from Vancouver who wants to talk about how bad Luongo is: you obviously haven’t been watching the nucks for a long time. Otherwise, you would remember the dark ages. For 10 years we could not get a goalie that could win. And we had some decent teams too.

    Since Luongo arrived 5 years ago, I’ve watched 10 playoff series, 4 division titles, 1 presidents’, and countless regular season and playoff wins.

    We are spoiled – we are used to watching our team win.

    You can microanalyze every goal if you want to. You can say he’s a headcase. You can say he’s not a top 5 goalie. You can say he’s overpaid. You can say he doesn’t have what it takes to win a cup. That might all be true.

    But here what is also true:
    his career numbers are hall-of-fame worthy.
    he has proved to be a total workhorse.
    the guy has survived 5 years in this ridiculous market. that alone is for the the biggest testament. Vancouver has broken many goalies.
    he has been – without any doubt – the best goalie in canucks history, in every stat.
    in 10 playoff rounds with Luongo in net, we have ONLY ONCE lost to a team that finished below us in the standings (Boston).

    Listen, I love Schneider as much as the next guy – but I have lived through the goalie graveyard era.
    I do not want to bank the team on a guy who has played less than 40 games.

    • haterzgonahate - Feb 8, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      well said. fickle Nuck fans have short memories.. i wonder why that is

      /smokes a bowl

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