Pekka Rinne Shuts Down ’61-’62 Maple Leafs as ’10-’11 Predators Complete Upset in Sweep

Pekka Rinne was the star of the '10-'11 Predators shocking sweep of '61-'62 Maple Leafs. via nhlsnipers.com

Pekka Rinne was the star of the ’10-’11 Predators shocking sweep of ’61-’62 Maple Leafs. via nhlsnipers.com

Pekka Rinne did not perform well in the 1st Round, but against the 2nd-seeded ’61-’62 Toronto Maple Leafs, Rinne was a brick wall. The Leafs were held to only six goals in the four game sweep with no player scoring more than one goal. Hall of Fame defenseman Tim Horton and Hall of Fame winger Frank Mahovlich led the Leafs in points with three. Horton registered three assists and Mahovlich registered one goal and two assists. Forwards Red Kelly and Dick Duff were two of four players on the Leafs to post two points. Goalie Johnny Bower played well in net, stopping 92.9 percent of the shots he faced, but allowed three goals a game.

As I said before, Rinne was out of his mind good in this series after a poor 1st Round. He posted a 1.50 goals against average and an incredible .956 save percentage in the four games, with a shutout performance in Game 3. The balanced attack from the 1st Round remained balanced in the 2nd Round, but was a bit less productive. Defenseman Shea Weber and winger Martin Erat lead the Preds in points in the four games with four points. Weber scored three goals and added one assist in the four games and Erat had one goal and three assists. Longtime Predator David Legwand scored the series clincher in overtime in Game 4, which was his second goal of the series and six of the tournament.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. NSH – G – Pekka Rinne – 4-0-0   1.50 GAA   .956 SV%   1 SO   7 Points
  2. MTLM – G – Johnny Bower – 0-3-1   3.00 GAA   .929 SV%   4 Star Points
  3. NSH – D – Shea Weber – 3 G   1 A   4 P   +4   32 S   3 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#34 ‘10-’11 Predators 2 1 1 4
#2 ‘61-’62 Maple Leafs 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY: NSH – 4   TOR – 3   (1-0 NSH)

1st Period:

  • NSH Goal: C. Wilson (1) assisted by S. Weber (6)
  • NSH Goal: S. Weber (4) assisted by S. Kostitsyn (8), M. Fisher (3)
  • TOR Goal: D. Keon (1) assisted by G. Armstrong (1), D. Duff (1)

2nd Period:

  • NSH Goal: R. Suter (2) assisted by M. Goc (1)
  • TOR Goal: B. Nevin (1) assisted by F. Mahovlich (1), C. Brewer (1)

3rd Period:

  • TOR Goal: B. Pulford (1) assisted by B. Olmstead (1), T. Horton (1)
  • NSH Goal: D. Legwand (5) assisted by M. Erat (4), K. Klein (5)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#34 ‘10-’11 Predators 0 1 2 3
#2 ‘61-’62 Maple Leafs 0 0 1 1

GAME SUMMARY: NSH – 3   TOR – 1   (2-0 NSH)

1st Period:

2nd Period:

  • NSH Goal: S. Weber (5) assisted by C. Wilson (2), J. Ward (3)

3rd Period:

  • TOR Goal: D. Duff (1) assisted by D. Keon (1), T. Horton (2)
  • NSH Goal: N. Spaling (1) assisted by S. O’Brien (1)
  • NSH EN-Goal: J. Ward (3) assisted by C. Wilson (3), C. Franson (4)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#2 ‘61-’62 Maple Leafs 0 0 0 0
#34 ‘10-’11 Predators 2 0 0 2

GAME SUMMARY: NSH – 2   TOR – 0   (3-0 NSH)

1st Period:

  • NSH Goal: P. Hornqvist (4) assisted by S. Kostitsyn (9), C. Franson (5)
  • NSH Goal: M. Erat (4) assisted by D. Legwand (3)

2nd Period:

3rd Period:

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#2 ‘61-’62 Maple Leafs 0 0 3 0 3
#34 ‘10-’11 Predators 0 2 1 1 4

GAME SUMMARY: NSH – 4   TOR – 3   (4-0 NSH)

1st Period:

2nd Period:

  • NSH Goal: S. Weber (6) assisted by M. Fisher (4), S. Kostitsyn (10)
  • NSH Goal: C. Franson (6) unassisted

3rd Period:

  • NSH Goal: J.P. Dumont (2) assisted by M. Goc (2), C. Franson (6)
  • TOR Goal: R. Kelly (1) assisted by F. Mahovlich (2), T. Horton (3)
  • TOR PS-Goal: B. Nevin (2) assisted by R. Kelly (1), B. Nevin (1)

Overtime:

  • NSH Goal: D. Legwand (6) assisted by S. Sullivan (5), M. Erat (5)

The 34th-seeded ’10-’11 Nashville Predators with the major upset now advance to the 3rd Round to face the winner between the 15th-seeded ’73-’74 Philadelphia Flyers and the 18th-seeded ’06-’07 Anaheim Ducks.

Up next in the 2nd Round is the matchup between the 9th-seeded ’71-’72 New York Rangers and the 24th-seeded ’07-’08 Florida Panthers.

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