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Video: Vrbata’s “reverse five hole” pass sets up Hanzal’s goal

Apr 29, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

Pekka Rinne might not receive the Vezina Trophy this season, but it’s obvious to see why he was nominated. He topped the NHL in wins on the heels of signing a contract extension that will give him an NHL-high $7 million annual cap hit. He’s about as distinguished as a young goalie can get … which is why this goal is so surprising.

Watch as Radim Vrbata lobotomizes* Rinne with a pass that James Gralian cleverly terms “reverse five hole” to set up a Martin Hanzal goal:

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Rinne has already allowed four goals in two straight games with one more period to go. It’ll be interesting to see if he bounces back either in the third period or in Game 3 if Barry Trotz turns to Anders Lindback to finish tonight’s contest. Either way, the first two entries in this series will be ones that Rinne will probably want to put behind him.

* Vrbatamizes?

  1. shutyourfivehole - Apr 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Beautiful. Gotta love hockey.

  2. HawaiiHockey - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Incredible assist. Horrible goaltending by Rinne. Why did he stand up? He should have stayed down until Vrbata was out of position.

    • killerpgh - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:46 AM

      My guess is he was “standing up” to make sure he could get post to post and have a better chance at stopping a wrap-a-round (the higher percentage play). Turns out he was wrong. But if 1 of the 3 Predators players decided to pick up the only other Coyotes player in the zone instead of all 3 following the puck that might not have been a goal.

      • HawaiiHockey - May 5, 2012 at 7:10 PM

        He was probably thinking this, but obviously Vrbata didn’t go around the net or even begin to because he would have been out of position to make the reverse 5 hole pass. Rinne basically flinched on this.

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