Pekka Rinne is going from embattled to embarrassingly great.
After a strong performance in Game 3, he’s been tremendous through the first half of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, only ceding Sidney Crosby‘s ludicrous backhand tally so far.
He made some great saves on Saturday, but Rinne may have made the stop of the Stanley Cup Final – or perhaps the entire postseason – when he made a desperation save after Crosby created a rebound.
That attempt could have tied the game up 2-2. Instead, it opened the door for Viktor Arvidsson to connect on a semi-breakaway, giving the Nashville Predators a 3-1 edge with several minutes remaining in the middle frame.
Here’s video of the Arvidsson goal: