Pekka Rinne was the best player on the ice Friday night. It wasn't even close.
Really, I think the expression that a goaltender "stole" a game is kind of weird. He's part of the team. You probably wouldn't say that Connor McDavid "stole" a game for his team even if he's the only Oiler actually doing anything out there. But there was definitely some larceny involved in Rinne's performance as the Predators defeated the Penguins 3-1 at PPG Paints Arena on Friday.
Rinne was named the No. 1 star of the game for stopping 42 of the Penguins' 43 shots. It was Nick Bjugstad who finally solved Rinne with 1:03 left in the game, spoiling the shutout bid.