Goaltending the Story Tues: Rinne, Clemmensen, Mike Smith Earn Ws
(4/18/12) The story last night was definitely goaltending, as the men behind the masks played a critical role in the outcome of all three games.
For Nashville, Pekka Rinne absolutely stole Game Four against the Wings, shutting the door in spite of the Preds being out-shot 41-17. Rinne turned aside 40-shots in a 3-1 win, and Nashville now has a 3-1 series lead. Gabriel Bourque, Kevin Klein, and David Legwand were the scorers, while Jiri Hudler tallied for Detroit.
In the Panthers-Devils tilt, both teams gave their starting goalie the hook, as Jose Theodore and Martin Brodeur gave way to Scott Clemmensen and Johan Hedberg. The Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the early minutes, but the Cats roared back with Clemmensen between the pipes, scoring four unanswered goals to win the game 4-3 and take a 2-1 lead in the series.
For the Coyotes, Mike Smith was active in spite of taking a hard hit to the head the previous game, and he was a difference-maker, stopping 37 shots and shutting the door in OT long enough for Mikkel Boedker to net the winner. It was the third straight game the Hawks and Coyotes have gone to an extra frame...