January 23, 2011
In overtime against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night, Pekka Rinne's(notes) stick made one of the best saves in recent memory -- no small feat considering the Nashville Predators goalie wasn't actually holding his lumber at the time of the stop.
The Predators defeated the Oilers in a shootout, 3-2, with Edmonton going 0-for-3 against Rinne, who entered the game on an 8-1-0 tear with a 1.44 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage.
"I’ve never seen anything like (Horcoff’s power-play attempt) before. It’s crazy. [...] If that was a centimetre to the right, it would have turned the stick enough to go in."
There's so much that makes this one of the top highlights of the 2010-11 NHL regular season: The fact it was in overtime and on the power play; the quality of Horcoff's diving backhand shot that actually beat Rinne; and, of course, the Predators goaltender's stick suddenly becoming a sentient creature and doing its master's bidding by making a miraculous save.
Oh, and the Edmonton fans leaping to their feet in back of the Nashville goal, arms raised in victory until they realized strange things were afoot at the goal line.