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Pekka Rinne‘s latest victory was one for the record books.

The reigning Vezina Trophy winner backstopped the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 triumph over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night, capturing his 320th career win to move past Miikka Kiprusoff for the most all time by a Finnish-born goaltender.

Rinne accomplished the feat in 43 fewer games than Kiprusoff, who retired following the 2012-13 season.

Here’s the leaderboard as far as netminders from Finland are concerned:

GOALTENDER W GP
Rinne 320 580
Kiprusoff 319 623
Kari Lehtonen 301 649
Tuukka Rask 242 458
Antti Niemi 238 453
Niklas Backstrom 196 413
Vesa Toskala 129 266
Antero Niittymaki 95 234
Antti Raanta 73 150
Karri Ramo 60 159

Rinne reminisced about Kiprusoff when asked about the achievement postgame.

“He was kind of the first Finnish superstar goalie,” Rinne told reporters including The Athletic’s John Glennon. “It was nice to play against him, especially when I was younger. I especially tried to watch him play and things like that. So for sure, it’s cool.”

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Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 17 shots to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to their third straight win, 3-1 over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Fleury got his 408th career win to move into sole possession of 10th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list. The 15-year-veteran has allowed just two goals in his last three starts.

William Karlsson, Ryan Reaves and Jonathan Marchessault scored for the Golden Knights, who outshot the Ducks 45-18.

After going 0 for 16 on the power play through their first six games, the Golden Knights have scored with the man advantage in each of the last two games. Vegas finished 1 for 5 on the power play against the Ducks, who were 0 for 2.

Vegas, which has answered a three-game losing streak with its current three-game win streak, has been a perfect 11 for 11 on the penalty kill over its last four games.

Ben Street had the lone goal for the Ducks, and John Gibson finished with 42 saves.

Karlsson, who was drafted by the Ducks in 2011, scored his second goal of the season when he redirected Marchessault’s centering feed past Gibson for a power-play goal. Karlsson, who had an NHL third-best 43 goals last season, now has two goals and six assists in the last six games.

Reaves scored his first goal of the season when he buried a rebound in front of the net midway through the second period to make it 2-0.

Street cut Vegas’ lead in half when he skated around wing Tomas Hyka and beat Fleury when he slipped the puck through the five hole early in the third.

Marchessault’s empty-net goal with 17 seconds left in the game provided the final margin.

Has any player had a quieter 80 points this season than Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen?

The 21-year-old picked up his 27th goal on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings, becoming the fourth Finnish player in NHL history to record 80 points in a season, according to Hockey Reference.

Rantanen joins the elite company of Jari Kurri, Teemu Selanne, and Olli Jokinen. Tomas Sandstrom is also listed among the players on Hockey Reference since he was born in Finland, but given that he grew up in and represented Sweden internationally, he does not count.

It’s been quite a season for Finnish hockey, as last week, Golden Knights forward Erik Haula became the seventh Finn to record 50 points this season, which surpassed the country’s previous best of six.

Nathan MacKinnon gets all the attention in Colorado – and deservedly so – but it’s time to start recognizing Rantanen as one of the game’s bright young stars.

LAS VEGAS (AP) Jon Merrill’s first goal of the season snapped a third-period tie, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots against his former team and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Thursday night.

It was the first meeting between the defending Stanley Cup champions and Vegas, which acquired Fleury from Pittsburgh during the NHL expansion draft on June 21.

Fleury was taken by Pittsburgh with the No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft.

James Neal scored his 15th goal of the season for Vegas, while Ian Cole scored Pittsburgh’s goal.

The matchup between the Penguins and Fleury was arguably the most anticipated game against a former Penguin since Jaromir Jagr played against Pittsburgh on Dec. 11, 2001, for the first time after his trade to Washington.

After missing six straight games due to a lower-body injury, the Penguins activated goalie Matt Murray off injured reserve in time to face his mentor, Fleury.

Murray, who stopped 24 shots, had his personal regulation losing streak extend to four games, the longest of his career.

The Golden Knights became the fastest first-year team to 20 wins in NHL history.

Vegas wasted no time in giving Fleury an early lead, when Neal’s rebound off Colin Miller’s wrist shot found its way past Murray.

The Penguins tied it when Carl Hagelin found Cole, who beat Fleury top shelf from just behind the goal line for his second goal of the season.

Merrill’s one-timer put the Knights ahead with 11 minutes left in the game, slapping Erik Haula’s pass beneath Murray’s pad.

 

Roberto Luongo‘s longevity continues to help him etch his name in the record books.

The Florida Panthers goaltender hit another milestone Monday, earning his 200th win with the organization in a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils, and becoming only the second netminder in NHL history to notch that many victories with two different teams.

It took Luongo 507 games to win 200 with the Panthers, which works out to a win percentage of only .394. He won 258 in 448 contests with the Vancouver Canucks.

The 38-year-old now has 459 career victories in 979 career games, for a .469 win percentage. He moved into sole possession of fourth place on the NHL’s all-time wins list earlier this month, passing Curtis Joseph, who required only 953 games to win 454.

They weren’t built like any previous expansion team, but their solid start is still impressive.

The Vegas Golden Knights rallied from a two-goal deficit to stun the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on Wednesday night, matching the NHL record with 13 wins in the first 20 games of their inaugural season.

Only the Montreal Canadiens won as many through the first 20 contests of their opening campaign in 1917-18, going 13-7-0. The Golden Knights have gone 13-6-1.

Vegas moved into first place in the Pacific Division with 27 points, leapfrogging the slumping Los Angeles Kings, who fell to the Winnipeg Jets.

It’s early, but that point total certainly bodes well.

The Golden Knights have had the fifth-easiest schedule among the NHL’s 31 teams early on, according to Hockey Reference’s strength of schedule metric, and the Pacific is the least competitive of the four groups in the standings.

Still, they’ve pulled this off despite losing multiple goaltenders to injury, and that’s made them one of the NHL’s best stories so far.

The dreary, hapless, flat-out miserable Arizona Coyotes 2017-18 season has earned a dubious place in the history books, as the basement-dwelling Desert Dogs became the first team in the NHL’s 100-year history to be held without a regulation win through their first 20 games, per Sportsnet Stats.

Tuesday’s 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets dropped the Coyotes to 2-15-3, putting the club on pace for 28 points, which is shockingly terrible, considering last season’s 30th-place Colorado Avalanche managed to earn 48 in a year when absolutely everything went wrong.

Entering Tuesday, Arizona ranked 25th in goals for (44), 31st in goals against (74), and 30th in save percentage at 5-on-5 (.903). The poor results are particularly disappointing considering the Coyotes were labeled as a team ready to improve this season under the guidance of new head coach Rick Tocchet.

The good news, at least, is Rasmus Dahlin, the consensus No. 1 pick in next June’s draft, could make this season’s struggles worth it in the end.