Preds win battle of Finnish goaltenders

CHICAGO — Patrick Sharp couldn’t believe his luck when he grabbed a turnover at the Nashville blue line in the first period of Friday’s playoff opener between the Predators and Chicago Blackhawks.

It was the end of a shift, but Sharp took the puck and bolted for the net. Waiting there was Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne. It looked like Sharp had an opening — but Rinne made the save of the night by poke-checking the puck harmlessly to the corner as Sharp went to shoot.

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