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Sport Goalie goal! Rinne scores goal as Predators get first win for Hynes

07:10  10 january  2020
07:10  10 january  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Nashville Predators ' Pekka Rinne takes a shot at the Chicago Blackhawks' empty net and buries it for an extremely rare goalie goal .

Pekka Rinne scored and made 29 saves to help John Hynes get his first win as Nashville Predators coach He is the first Predators goalie to score by shooting the puck. Chris Mason received credit for a goal as the last Nashville player to touch the puck against the Phoenix Coyotes on April 15, 2006.

If the Nashville Predators are going to turn their season around under new coach John Hynes they are going to need better play from their goalies. Pekka Rinne provided that on Thursday night in a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks by not only stopping 29 of the 31 shots he faced, but by also scoring the first goal of his career in the closing seconds.

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It was his first goal of the season. Steen added an empty-netter with 4:42 left. Predators goalie scores a goal from across the ice. Pekka Rinne made 29 saves and scored an empty-net goal , and the Nashville Predators beat the sloppy Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Thursday night for John Hynes '

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That is correct, friends. We have a goalie goal!

Just after Nick Bonino scored an empty-net goal to give the Predators a two-goal lead, the Blackhawks pulled goaltender Corey Crawford for a second time in a desperate effort to get back in the game.

It gave Rinne the opportunity to do this.

Rinne’s rare company

With that, Rinne becomes the 12th different goalie in NHL history to be credited with a goal. He is the first since Mike Smith during the 2013-14 season. Rinne is just the seventh of those goalies to score their goal by actually shooting the puck in the net. The others were credited with goals by being the last player to touch the puck on an opponent’s own goal.

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John Hynes lost his debut as coach of the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, 6-2 to the Boston David Pastrnak carries to the circle and unloads a massive slap shot that beats Pekka Rinne to put the The Bruins (25-8-11) won for the first time in four games. David Pastrnak scored his NHL-leading 32nd

That was the perfect way to wrap up a huge win for the Predators.

The Predators needed this win

Not only is it their first win with Hynes behind the bench, but it is also two huge points in the standings as they try to make up ground in the playoff race. They now sit four points behind the Winnipeg Jets with two games in hand. Given those games in hand, as well as their consistently strong 5-on-5 play this season, there is definitely still a path to the postseason here.

They just need more performances like tonight from Rinne. Not necessarily the goal, but the way he helped slam the door shut in the third period.

After jumping out to an early 3-0 lead, the Predators had to hang on as the Blackhawks mounted a furious rally. Rinne stood tall, and they even got a clutch effort from their penalty kill in the final minutes when Chicago had a chance to tie the game.

Along with Rinne and Bonino, the Predators also received goals from Viktor Arvidsson, Matt Duchene, and Colin Blackwelll. Blackwell’s goal is his first in the NHL.

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Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

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