Originally written April 29, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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. GLENDALE, Ariz. - To the rest of the National Hockey League, Pekka Rinne is a Vezina Trophy candidate. To the Phoenix Coyotes, he's Murray Bannerman. Proving once again that Phoenix is Rinne's personal Waterloo, the Coyotes victimized the Nashville Predators goalie early and often in a 5-3 win Sunday at Jobing.com Arena that gave Phoenix a 2-0 lead in this Western Conference quarterfinal series. Phoenix grabbed a 4-2 lead after two periods, marking the fourth time in six meetings with Rinne this season that the Coyotes had scored at least four goals. In six games against Rinne, the Coyotes have scored 21 times for an average of 3.5 goals per game. Rinne allowed 2.39 per game overall during the regular season. This series was billed as a battle of goaltenders before it began, and there was good reason. Rinne was named one of three finalists for the Vezina. while Smith was the playoffs' best goaltender in the first round, stonewalling the Chicago Blackhawks on 95 p...
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