Rinne fits like a glove in playoff limelight

Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne makes a save on Vancouver Canucks' Alexandre Burrows. ...

Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne makes a save on Vancouver Canucks' Alexandre Burrows. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:46 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- Pekka Rinne's glove hand did more than just catch seemingly every puck fired his way during the Nashville Predators' 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks in the playoff series opener.

It also created a Twitter sensation.

The social media site now has a hash tag called #ThingsinRinnesGlove, an homage to his puck-catching abilities. Hockey fans have decided the lanky Predators netminder can corral more than just vulcanized rubber.

Among the items those among the Twitterverse believe Rinne has in his mitt are Prince William's hair, Jimmy Hoffa, Barack Obama's long-form Kenyan birth certificate, the last horcrux from the Harry Potter series and Charlie Sheen's dignity.

"That's pretty funny," said Rinne, who admitted he's not into Twitter.

"I guess it's playing in Vancouver. We don't get to showcase ourselves too often in Nashville.

"It's good for this whole team to play in here and have a lot of people following us."

Rinne showed Thursday night why he's a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top netminder, making 29 saves and proving to be incredibly adept with his trapper.

Still, the fact so many fans are having fun praising his prowess over the Internet is a new part of the NHL playoffs.

"That's Vancouver fans and media and everything like that," Nashville defenceman Shane O'Brien said. "You can tell in the city and feel the buzz. Everybody's excited about where their team is and what's going on. That's how fast things work here because they have passionate fans who live and breathe Canucks hockey.

"Whatever Pekks has in that glove, hopefully he continues to keep playing the way he did in Game 1 for us."

Maybe Rinne will start his own Twitter account, too, and join the fun.

"He is quite the character," centre Jerred Smithson said. "He has a great sense of humour and is really easy going, especially for a goaltender. You don't see that too often. Most of them are all business or a bit of a weirdo. He's pretty normal."


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