Although Pekka Rinne is an elite NHL goalie by any measure, he had to wait six games and eight shootout rounds to earn his first victory of the season for the low-scoring Nashville Predators.
If that's the type of season he's facing, Nashville's sturdy Finnish goalie will keep trying to carry his teammates past the Los Angeles Kings and the rest of the West.
Sergei Kostitsyn scored in the eighth round, and the Predators snapped their three-game skid with a 2-1 victory over the Kings on Thursday night.
Rinne made 23 saves and stopped five of Los Angeles' eight shootout attempts as the Predators survived another weak offensive performance thanks to Rinne's sturdiness and a timely shot by Kostitsyn, who finally ended the lengthy shootout two rounds shy of the longest in Kings history.
''I've been putting a lot of pressure on myself,'' said Rinne, a Vezina Trophy finalist with Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick last season. ''It's been a tough go so far, but hopefully this will change the ...