Kovacevic: Laviolette pulled Rinne after a period … why, exactly?


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Pekka Rinne in a familiar spot at PPG Paints Arena. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

In this Stanley Cup Final, Pekka Rinne has had to fish roughly one of every four pucks he's faced in Pittsburgh out of his net: 11 goals on 45 shots.

In this Game 5, that ratio was reduced to one in three pucks: 3 goals on 9 shots.

So it makes perfect sense, in that isolated context, that Peter Laviolette pulled his franchise goaltender after a mere period of the Penguins' eventual 6-0 pounding of his Predators. He couldn't have liked any of what he was seeing, and he couldn't have hurt anything by making a change.


Well, not necessarily, at least not from this view.

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