One of the biggest storylines for the Boston Bruins was whether or not Tuukka Rask was ready to shoulder the load as a full-time goaltender. After a few years of monumental success for Tim Thomas, the Bruins had been spoiled with terrific goaltending. What if it wasn’t quite as sharp this year, with the transition to Rask?
It’s safe to say that whatever concerns may have existed over Rask being between the pipes for the Bruins are gone now. The current storyline has shifted from whether or not Rask could succeed to which goaltenders are standing in the way of Rask for the Vezina Trophy. And there aren’t many.
Rask has had an absolutely fantastic season. The Bruins are one of the top contenders both in the Eastern Conference and the entire league. Look no farther than the man between the pipes for the reason why they’re having such success this season.
In 21 starts on the season, Rask has 14 wins and only four regulation losses. His numbers are terrific, as he has a 1.92 goals-against average on the season and a .928 save percentage. Both of those numbers are top three in the league among netminders. Consider the fact that Craig Anderson has been injured since February 22nd, and it actually adds up to Rask being no. 2 in each of those categories.
There’s no doubt that Rask is a Vezina Trophy candidate. He could very easily be the leader at this point as well. Whether he takes home the hardware at the end of the season or not, though, it’s pretty clear that the Bruins are going to be just fine without ol’ Tim Thomas around.