But Thursday’s 3-0 shutout of the Phoenix Coyotes was different. Way different.
On his 29th birthday, a day on which he signed a 7-year, $49 million contract extension, Rinne picked up his 23rd career shutout.
“I’m sure this is a day, I’ll remember for the rest of my life – 29th birthday and everything that happened,” Rinne said. “I’m not just going to say that it’s just two points. It has a bigger meaning to me. Signing the contract and playing a game in the same day and having my birthday, it’s a pretty special day.”