Bruins vs. Blackhawks: Rask Gives Boston Advantage in Stanley Cup Finals

June 11th, 2013 by Daniel Williams Leave a reply »

The silver chalice stands idly by, awaiting its travel schedule to either Boston or Chicago. For Boston, the man between the pipes has every intention of returning it to Beantown.

Tuukka Rask posted some memorable numbers in Boston’s sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he’ll be the key for the Bruins against the high-flying Hawks.

As the backup to Tim Thomas during Boston’s Stanley Cup victory in 2011, Rask had a front-row seat to the sort of play and pressure that comes from the Stanley Cup Final. He flourished in this year's Eastern Conference Final against top-seeded Pittsburgh.

Rask posted a remarkable 0.43 goals-against average, a .985 save percentage and two shutouts in four games against the Penguins—who scored more goals than anyone during the regular season (165).

For the playoffs, Rask has a record of 12-4 with a 1.75 GAA, .943 save percentage and two shutouts. Three of those losses came to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round. Since then, Boston has won eight of nine and Rask’s play has been the catalyst.

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