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Rookie goaltender Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators makes a save on the sophomores' Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. ((Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press) )

Goaltender Pekka Rinne stole the show as the rookies beat the sophomores 9-5 in the Young Stars game at the NHL all-star super skills show in Montreal on Saturday night.

Stopping 20 of 25 shots and dealing with no backchecking from his rookie teammates, the Nashville Predators' backstop easily outplayed Montreal's Carey Price in the other goal.

Playing three-on-three was a bit of a challenge, said Luke Schenn, the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie.

"Guys are just out here feeling it out," he told CBC Sports, of the game, which consisted of three, five-minute periods. "We haven't really played three on three [in a while]."

Price, who just recently returned from a stint on the injured list with the Montreal Canadiens, understandably waved at most of the shots coming his way.

Still, the sell-out crowd of 21,000 at the Bell Centre seemed to appreciate his willingness to participate.

Blake Wheeler of the Boston Bruins scored three goals and earned MVP honours for the rookies.

Patrik Berglund of St. Louis and Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos had a pair each for the first year players.

Defenceman Marc Staal of the New York Rangers had two goals for the sophomores.