With a victory tonight, Pekka Rinne would break Tomas Vokoun‘s franchise record for wins in a single season.
Not only did he not topple the record but he didn’t even finish the game.
The Los Angeles Kings brought their A-game into Bridgestone Arena and barely beat a Nashville Predators squad, 5-4, that only brought their C-game.
Rinne made just 19 saves on 24 shots in the loss. His night was full of unfortunate bounces, smart plays by attacking players and, quite frankly, nobody playing well in front of him.
“We are a team that prides itself on defense and we played none of it tonight,” Preds captain Shea Weber said after the game.
Fellow defenseman Hal Gill agreed.
“That wasn’t the effort we need to have,” he said. “They’re a team that’s desperate and drove to the net to make things happen. We’ve got to be more desperate in those situations.”
The Vezina Trophy finalist was pulled in favor of back-up Anders Lindback with 17:00 left in regulation.