NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – After missing three weeks due to an injury, Pekka Rinne’s return for the Preds was anything but good in a 5-2 loss to the Ducks Thursday.
Despite the loss, there is a silver lining to the Preds All-Star goalie just getting back out on the ice. He’s 100 percent healthy and managed to play the entire game.
Despite being out eight games, Rinne still leads the NHL in wins with 29 and is second in both goals against and save percentage.
Giving up four goals was not what Rinne saw happening at the start of the game but admitted he was a little rusty after being out so long.
“Obviously you feel rusty, rusty on the ice that first game. It’s hard to duplicate game situations in practice. It wasn’t a good game, but other than that, it’s good to get that first game out of the way and get back to the routine and just the flow of things and hopefully tomorrow afternoon will be a good game,” Rinne said.
Rinne and the Predators host the New York Rangers Saturday at Bridgestone.