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Predators’ Rinne calls his performance ’embarrassing’

Mar 16, 2013, 1:52 AM EDT

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Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne didn’t hold back.

He was detested his performance in the last two games – pulled after four goals on 12 shots in Vancouver on Thursday and two goals on the first two shots he faced in Calgary on Friday – and let it be known following his team’s 6-3 loss to the Flames.

Rinne, who had two shutouts in three games prior to the Vancouver debacle, was again pulled in Calgary. He lasted just eight minutes.

“It’s embarrassing,” Rinne told following the loss.

“I have no excuses. It’s just embarrassing. I have to find a way to help my team and it’s been a tough go the last two games but at the same time, just somehow have to erase these two games.”

The Predators are halfway done this four-game road trip through Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Columbus.

In the two games so far, the Predators have allowed a combined 13 goals.

That’s unusual for a team that is ranked eighth in the NHL in goals-against per game.

“I pulled Pekka right off the bat,” Predators head coach Barry Trotz said afterward.

“It wasn’t his fault. It was just they recovered the breakdowns. We’re in the situation where guys are standing alone in front of our net. I’m not going to ask our goaltenders to make those kind of saves.”




  1. canucks30 - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:18 AM

    Wonder how Shea Weber is feeling about that mega offer sheet matched by Nashville these days.

  2. jdsummerlin - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    Reblogged this on James Summerlin and commented:
    Really hate to see this kind of performance from leks

  3. williplett - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:15 AM

    Cam, can someone be “detested”?

    • JoeAvg - Mar 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      “The Predators are halfway done this four-game road trip through Vancouver…”.

      Is this Yahoo?

  4. 19to77 - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    Maybe if he got a day off sometime this season? Guy’s getting ridden for 65-70 games a year or equivalent, every season. No-one can do it forever without occasionally laying some eggs. Nashville’s terrible D support these last couple games hasn’t helped.

  5. bspray - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    I think it is refreshing to see, probably the best player at his position, step up and be accountable for his performance. He already got a fat contract but this guy doesn’t sit back and mail it in. He cares and he competes every single game. As a Preds fan I love this guy.

  6. gekkoguy82 - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    As many times as he’s picked up his team when they falter, it’d be nice for his team to pick him up when he falters. And I am hesitant to even say that he’s faltering. He’s only playing poorly when compared to the lofty standards he’s set for himself. How many other teams with goaltending issues would love to have even an average-playing Pekka Rinne? He’s getting less than zero help. The dude is a class act and one of the best netminders in the league, he deserves better than what his teammates are giving him right now.

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