Pekka Rinne Sets IIHF Shutout Record
Pekka Rinne may have hoped for a different end to his NHL season, but he’s having quite a World Championship tournament.
Between Sunday, May 3, and this afternoon, Rinne played 237:05 minutes against Denmark, Norway, Slovenia, and Belarus without giving up a goal. It is a modern IIHF record, the longest World Championship shutout streak since 1939. The previous record of 206:26 was set by Jan Lasak of Slovakia in 2004.
He seemed happy about it.
— 2015 IIHF Worlds (@2015IIHFWorlds) May 11, 2015
That says “hockey :)” for those who don’t speak Finnish.
Remarkably, fellow Nashville Predators draft-pick Juuse Saros also posted a shutout when Finland played Slovakia on May 5, setting a team shutout record for the tournament. The Finns have yet to give up a goal on the penalty kill this month.
As of this afternoon, Rinne has a .940 save percentage and a 1.19 GAA for the tournament. He has allowed only six goals in five games, four against the United States in the opening game and two against Belarus. Finland sits in third place in Group B with 14 points in 6 games.