Golden Games: Rinne's Clincher vs. Rex-All Neal

The 2nd round of the Poile bracket begins with Pekka Rinne's Game 7 domination going up against James Neal's hat-trick in Edmonton.

The Golden Games turn their attention to the Poile bracket, where the 1st round had three out of four match-ups result in upsets. I mean, who saw Pekka Rinne in November beating out Playoff Willy?? Not I, said the fly.

Here's your updated bracket:

Now on to the top bracket match-up, featuring two great performances from Pekka Rinne and James Neal. Game links and a quick recap are posted for your convenience.

#1 Pekka Rinne (4/27/16 @ ANA, Game 7)

  • Collected 36 saves on 37 shots; helped Preds get their first game 7 win
  • Held Ducks to one goal despite Ducks owning puck possession (63.1% Corsi-For)
  • Stopped 14 of 15 shots in the 3rd period
  • Game Recap
  • Here is Rinne successfully casting a protection spell on Corey Perry, despite Perry's magic immunity skill and Cloak of Debilitating Poison:

#5 James Neal (3/14/16 @ EDM)

  • 3 goals on 4 shots
  • Polished off Rexall place with a dominating shooting performance
  • Scored all three Predators goals, leading them to a 3-2 victory
  • Game Recap
  • Here is James Neal leaving Laurent Brossoit utterly baffled with a far side top shelf laser:


Voting ends Sunday @ 3PM

Which player had the better single game performance?

#1 Pekka Rinne (4/27/16 @ ANA, Game 7)100
#5 James Neal (3/14/15 @ EDM)10