Tuukka Rask Needs Another Standout Season To Give Boston Bruins Stanley Cup hopes

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Tuukka Rask has had an impressive NHL career with the Boston Bruins so far. But it would not hurt for Rask to have his best season in 2013-14 if the Bruins are to make a strong run at the Stanley Cup.

Boston sports fans might be thinking baseball right now but Rask has gotten off to an impressive 2-0 start with the Bruins. He has apparently picked up where he left off last season. If he stays that way, the Bruins are going to live up to expectations.

He’s allowed two goals total in his first two games. Last season in 36 regular season games, he was 19-10 with a 2.00 goals against average and .929 saves percentage. The Bruins have liked his work ever since the 2009-10 season when he saw his most number of games played so far in his career at 45.

But it was Rask’s performance in the Stanley Cup playoffs last season that has certified him as potentially one of the best netminders in the league. After a two-year absence from Cup action, Rask played in 22 postseason games with a 14-8 record, 940 saves percentage and and 1.88 goals against average.

He needs another solid regular season of handling pressure well to show he can again put the Bruins in the position to win the Stanley Cup. In an era when goaltenders mean so much to a team’s fortunes, the Bruins need to expect plenty from Rask and he needs to deliver. To beat the Bruins, other teams to figure out a way to frustrate Rask, or they need to put up a better goalie to play against him.

 

John Raffel is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnCarlRaffel, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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