Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne lost his blocker and goal stick in the second period trying to pokecheck Daniel Sedin,who is cutting to the net with Predators defenceman Shea Weber draped all over him.
Rinne played the next little bit with his right hand behind his back a la a baseball catcher (as play-by-play announcer John Shorthouse called it) before the referees blew the whistle.
We can see in the video Henrik kicks the blocker in Rinne’s direction possibly out of frustration that the play gets blown down with the Canucks controlling play and applying pressure in the offensive zone.
As Rinne is picking up his blocker, we can see Henrik circle around the other way to pickup Rinne’s goal stick and hand it back to him.
When do we ever see a random act of kindness like this from the opposition team in a NHL game? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before.
Last year, we saw Dallas Stars forward Adam Burish throw Winnipeg Jets winger Tanner Glass‘s glove into the stands. Kevin Bieksa threw his own glove at Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck in an attempt to get at him.