Nashville Goalie Pekka Rinne has been on the hunt for his first Vezina Trophy all season long, and last night he was able to have yet another impressive night.
Yes, it was against the Buffalo Sabres who are currently last in the league, however Rinne was able to stop all 35 shots he faced to record his 8th shutout and 40th win of the season, and extend his winning streak to 15 games, a franchise record.
Rinne now leads the league in shutouts, is tied for first in wins, is second in the league in save percentage, and third in the league in goals against average.
If Rinne can finish the season as he has performed all year long, it is going to be difficult to vote another goalie for the Vezina.
On Sunday, Bruins signed prospect Ryan Donato to a 2 year entry level contract.
Ryan Donato just finished his junior year at Harvard where he is a finalist for the Hobey Baker award.
He also competed in the Winter Olympics for the United States in February, where he led the team in points with 5 goals and 1 assist in 5 games.
Donato was eligible to make his debut in Monday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Boston, where he would have a strong performance, recording a goal, 2 assists, and 6 shots on goal.
Second to Brad Marchand with 8 shots goal.
However, the Bruins would fall to Columbus 5-4 in overtime, giving the Blue Jackets their 8th straight win as they fight for a playoff spot late in the season.
Columbus is now tied with Philadelphia for third in the Metropolitan Division, however Philadelphia wins the tie breaker as they have one more regulation or overtime win than Columbus, pushing Columbus to the first wild card spot in the standings.
Pekka Rinne: www.clarksvilleonline.com
Donato Olympics: www.MassLive.com
Donato Bruins: www.stanleycupofchowder.com