This week the Milwaukee Admirals went 2-1, and those two wins came with Pekka Rinne standing tall between the pipes. With #35 jerseys sprinkled throughout the stands, Admirals AND Predators colors, you could tell this obviously was a big deal for Milwaukee. The two wins were big for the Admirals, who sit in the last playoff spot, three points ahead of the ninth place OKC Barons.
One day before Peks got into town, the Admirals got a beatdown from the class of the Western Conference, the Grand Rapids Griffins. Marek Mazanec stopped 23 of 28 shots and got the Loss. Kevin Henderson scored the only goal for the Ads, midway through the third to avoid the shutout.
Two days later, the Admirals took on the Iowa Wild with the big man in net.
They looked like a different team.
They put up a season high nine goals and rolled over the Wild, 9-1. Pekka wasn't challenged much, stopping 16 of 17 shots faced. His last shot faced snuck over his left shoulder 15:35 into the third. Pekka Highlights can be found here.
Eight different Admirals scored, and Joonas Jarvinen had his first career two goal game.
What made this even more interesting, is that the starter for the Wild was Hannu Toivonen, who was just released from the Admirals after going 1-1-1 and playing in five games this season.
In Pekka's second game with the Admirals, he was a bit busier, stopping 17 of 18 shots en route to a thrilling OT win over the Rochester Americans. Pekka highlights can be found here.
The game was scoreless until the third period, where Charles Oliver-Roussel scored his second goal of the season at 10:13. He shot basically from behind the net, but the puck bounced in, and the Ads would definitely take it.
Only seven seconds later, the game was tied. The Americans got behind the Ads' defense and put a quick shot in net that beat Pekka.
The game remained scoreless until 1:28 of OT, where Oliver-Roussel scored his second goal of the game and gave the Admirals the W.
Pekka's post game press conference can be found here.
Up next for the Ads are a home-and-home against the Rockford Icehogs on Friday and Saturday.
(Photo Courtesy of Milwaukee Admirals)