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Blues score three goals on first six shots, chase Rinne

Oct 3, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

Goalie Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators looks on during a break in the action against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on March 30, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
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Pekka Rinne‘s first game of the year lasted less than 10 minutes.

The Nashville goalie, who underwent major offseason hip surgery, was yanked after allowing three goals on six shots to St. Louis on Thursday night, giving way for Carter Hutton to make his Preds debut.

Rinne, 30, allowed goals to David Backes, Vladimir Sobotka and TJ Oshie in a span of 7:40 before getting yanked, an extremely rough start to the year for a goalie that’s been nominated for two of the last three Vezina Trophies.

What’s more, Nashville was forced to rely on Hutton, a wildly inexperienced backup that had just one game of NHL experience heading into tonight.

That said, the move did provide a spark.

Mike Fisher scored less than a minute after Hutton replaced Rinne, cutting St. Louis’ lead to 3-1. The goal was the first of the year conceded by Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak, who looks to be carrying the No. 1 gig this season after splitting time over the last two years with Brian Elliott.

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  1. cardsandbluesforever - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Rinne didn’t look so hot tonight. usually the man is very hard to score against, but he looked like he was having a lot of trouble moving side to side in the butterfly.

    • chotime01 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      I fully agree. As soon as he went down in butterfly it was almost like he immediately took himself out if the play and just gave up because he was having a really hard time going from post to post and side to side. I hate to say this about Rinne since the Preds are my team but he blew that game and was the reason we lost that game last night. I really hope he gets back to playing Rinne style hockey very soon.

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