Preds’ Pekka Rinne named NHL’s top goalie

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Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie.

The 35-year-old Finn won his position’s top honor for the first time, beating out Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck and Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Rinne was a Vezina finalist for the fourth time. He finally got it after a standout regular season for the Presidents’ Trophy winners in Nashville, where he has been a stalwart in goal since 2008.

Rinne went 42-13-4 with eight shutouts, a 2.31 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage for the Predators. He also earned his 300th career victory on Feb. 22.

Rinne struggled along with his teammates in the postseason, but voters didn’t hold it against him.

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