Rinne has a goals saved above average number of 9.29.
As the local NBC affiliate WSMV showed shots of fans outside of Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, their production team had a small mishap, putting up a graphic reading, "Preds head to Stanley Cup Finals!"
Predators forward Colin Wilson called the trade another great move considering Nashville needed a big No. 1 center and got it in Johansen.
Dmitrij Jaskin scored in his first playoff game this season and Jaden Schwartz got the game-winner, helping the St. Louis Blues stay alive against the Nashville Predators with a 2-1 victory in Game 5 of their second-round series on Friday night.
"I feel like right now, we can do some damage", Rinne said. Their top line furiously attacked early, earning the game's first goal. There's a lot of work left, but after this second round there's only four teams left.
Edmonton or Anaheim will be next as Nashville, which hosted an outstanding all-star game a year ago, continues to establish itself as a true hockey city, not to mention a destination of choice for hockey fans.
Paul Stastny, son of Czech hall of famer Peter Stastny, scored the only goal for St. Louis while Allen finished with 15 saves.
After a scoreless first period, St. Louis scored the first goal in a game for the first time in the series.
And it has risen to new levels during the team's improbable run through Chicago and St. Louis as the west's eighth seed. The Predators won 3-1 to win the series 4-2.
"I think coming into this series one of my concerns was that we didn't really hate this team", Blues coach Mike Yeo said Monday. "There were a lot of shots and a lot of zone time for them". "This is such a great city, such a great hockey city, I think people finally recognize that".
The teams wound up tied at 1-1 after 40 minutes thanks to Josi scoring 35 seconds into the second period.
Roman Josi, that's how you start a period! Jake Allen has given up 20 goals on 319 shots faced. "We lost home ice along the way here, so we have to find a way to win a game in their building, and we know it won't be an easy challenge for us, but we'll be up for it".
"This was probably the hardest season of my career and the longest one with the World Cup", said forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who had a team high 39 goals and 75 points.
"It's part of our system", Josi said. The ability to silence a crowd with a big goal was sustenance to his soul.
Ryan Johansen, Predators - Johansen became the ninth different Preds player to notch a game-winning goal this postseason. "It makes you want to go out and play for him".
That changed 3:15 into the third period. Bonus points to Viktor Arvidsson for the pass. Johansen deked from forehand to backhand and shoveled a short shot past Allen for the most important goal in franchise history. "A lot of people probably counted us out maybe potentially making the playoffs, maybe squeaking in, but I think even with the struggles we had mid-season, we proved we nearly caught second place in our division and we're still there". "To contribute tonight and close the second round was huge".
The gauntlet has been thrown down from my fellow blogger in St. Louis, Jason Millen. The Blues' best opportunity came with just under 11 minutes left, but Kyle Brodziak's tip try at the goalmouth thumped harmlessly into Rinne's pads. They had been 12-1-1 on the road, including three wins in Minnesota in taking the first round. Nashville will take on either Anaheim or Edmonton in the next round.
NOTES: Ducks D Kevin Bieksa, who has been out since he was forced to leave during Game 2, missed Game 6 due to injury. He returned to the lineup on Sunday in favor of Magnus Paajarvi, who was scratched.