The names Jonathan Quick and Tuukka Rask have become well known NHL goaltenders over the past two season. Two years ago, Quick led the Los Angeles Kings to a Stanley Cup championship. The Kings, the No. 8 seed in the playoffs, defeated the No. 1, 2 and 3 seeds en route to the championship.
Last season, the Boston Bruins faced off with the Chicago Blackhawks for the title. Rask’s effort to win the title came up short, though, as they lost to the Hawks. The series that got everyone’s attention, however, was the series prior to the Finals. Rask and the Bruins held the high-powered Pittsburgh Penguins offense to only two goals in four games.
Fast forward to Thursday night and you can imagine the excitement in the NHL as the Bruins traveled across country to face the Kings with two of the best goalies facing off against each other in the same game. It’s a game that was circled by NHL fans simply because of the goalies.
Someone forgot to tell Rask that this game was important, however. He was pulled less than two minutes into the second period as the Kings had taken an early 3-0 lead over the Bruins. Jeff Carter scored halfway through the first period, and Justin Williams and Alec Martinez scored a minute apart early into the second to end the night for Rask.
This much anticipated matchup was cut short, but the good thing for hockey fans is these two teams will face off again in a week and a half in Boston for a Martin Luther King Day matinee. Hopefully, both goalies can remain in net. Otherwise, I want my money back.