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VIDEO: Pekka Rinne Shocks Blackhawks and Scores Rink-Length Empty Net Goal to Seal Win for Preds

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne scores empty-net goal on Thursday vs. Blackhawks.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne scores empty-net goal on Thursday vs. Blackhawks.

It's not everyday hockey fans get to see an NHL goaltender put the puck in the opposing net. For Nashville Predators fans, they got quite the gift from Pekka Rinne on Thursday night. Already leading 4-2 over the Chicago Blackhawks, Rinne retrieved the puck from behind his own net, and unleashed a long shot down the rink. The puck, slowly but surely, landed directly into Chicago's empty net to seal the win.

Rinne is now the 12th goalie in NHL history to score a goal, and it's the first time since Mike Smith accomplished the feat in 2013.