Finnish Broadcast Provides Legendary Call After Pekka Rinne Stop Propels Preds in Game Four
by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator
Things travel fast through social media – almost with as much urgency as a Finnish goaltender diving to propel a puck away from his net.
With the eyes of the hockey world looking down upon Nashville, Tennessee, courtesy of Games Three and Four of the Stanley Cup Final coming to town, exposure to broadcasts produced for those halfway around the world can provide some of the more memorable moments of the postseason.
Luckily for all of us, Game Four on Monday night brought us one of those instances.
When Pekka Rinne lunged across his crease in a 2-1 contest during the second period of the Final’s fourth game, Finnish broadcaster Antti Mäkinen delivered a call that instantly became legendary across the sport, an epic piece of broadcasting magic that has to be heard to be believed – much like Rinne’s save.
By Tuesday morning, the call had made the rounds through the hockey circles, including the Predators dressing room, where, as forward Colton Sissons said, it was part of the morning meeting. Understandably so.
“That was hilarious,” Sissons said of the call. “I wish I knew what they were saying, but they sure were excited.”
“I don’t understand it at all, but it was exciting, that’s for sure,” defenseman Matt Irwin said. “The guy really brought the jam announcing that one. That was fun to watch.”
A bit less stressful to relive the next day, it was also somewhat enjoyable to witness in real time as well, especially for someone like Irwin, who has almost come to expect these acrobatic displays of perfection from Rinne.
“I think I just grabbed a sip of water I was like, ‘OK, perfect, let’s go,'” Irwin laughed. “That was unbelievable. Just to even see the highlight afterward, to see where he was in relation to where the goal was, he was outside the crease and desperation save by everyone involved in that play… But for Peks to be able to get back, that was special.”
Rinne’s incredible set of saves
Always humble, Rinne made sure to give thanks to his defensemen – Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi – who were also involved in the sequence, holding the Pittsburgh forwards off just enough to give their goaltender every opportunity to complete the task.
“Things happen so quickly, even that one,” Rinne said of the save. “It wasn’t just me, Elly was battling there, he was diving across, Jos was diving across, and everybody’s trying to get the stick on it. Then I was just laying myself out there, so it’s a team effort. You have to be a little bit fortunate, too, to keep the puck out of the net in that situation.
“It’s fun to watch after we win the game, but at the time, it was a huge save.”
That’s putting it lightly.
Nashville of course went on to win Game Four, 4-1, to tie the Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece, but would it have turned out that way if their puck-stopper wasn’t so insanely good at his job? Instead of worrying about that, they’re watching – and listening – a few more times.
“That was ridiculous, that’s all I can say,” Sissons said. “It was just an outstanding save and it’s not all that surprising because he’s so competitive. he’s never out of a play.”