Before last year’s playoff run, many hockey fans may not have known the name Tuukka Rask. However, after the goalie led the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals, Rask became a household name in the hockey community. Rask went toe-to-toe with Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks in the Finals, only to come up short by two games.
This season, everyone knows who Rask is, and he’s picked up right where he left off last year. Despite losing in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues, Boston is leading the Eastern Conference with 30 points through 22 games. One of the main reasons for this is because of the play by their star goalie.
Rask boasts a goals against average of 1.61 goals per game and his save percentage is .946; the Boston offense is scoring around 2.80 goals a game. It doesn’t take a math expert to know if you score almost a goal more a game than your opponent, you’re going to have a successful season.
Rask and the Bruins feel like they have unfinished business this year after losing in the Finals to Chicago. It seems like Rask has taken it upon himself to do whatever he needs to do to get them back to that place. Through 22 games, the Bruins are 14-6-2. The Eastern Conference seems to be a little weaker as opposed to the West this year, but that doesn’t matter right now. The Nio. 1 goal for the Bruins is to get into the playoffs. Once there, anything is possible. Right now, Rask seems poised to put the team on his back and carry them.