Boston Bruins: Without Tuukka Rask, Can Team Win It All?
On Saturday morning before the puck dropped between the Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes, Boston’s goaltender Tuukka Rask has decided to opt-out of the re-start. There are a lot of fans critical of him, but his teammates have his back.
The other people that have his back is the Carolina Hurricanes Twitter page. They responded to the Boston Bruins Twitter page post about it and it showed that Carolina cared.
Rask made a comment after the Game 2, 3-1 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night in how it didn’t feel like the postseason for him without having fans at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario.
These two teams played each other in Game 3 on Saturday afternoon and the Bruins won 3-1 over the Hurricanes. Jaroslav Halak finished the game with 29 saves.
In two postseason games, his record is 1-1 with a .915 save percentage and a 2.59 GAA.
In four postseason games, Rask’s record is 1-3 with a .904 save percentage and a 2.57 GAA.
Tuukka Rask was contemplating retirement before the re-start. He is 33 years old and will be an unrestricted free agent after next season.
Jaroslav Halak is 35 years old. He will also be an unrestricted free agent after next season.
During the regular season, Halak’s record was 18-6 with a .919 save percentage and a 2.39 GAA, along with three shutouts. He also started in 29 games in appeared in 31 games though.
Rask’s record was 26-8-6 with a .929 save percentage and a 2.12 GAA, along with five shutouts.
Maxime Legace and Dan Vladar will be the backup goalies in the meantime though.
The goaltending room is the heart and soul of this hockey team though. We will see how deep this team can go into the postseason.
Tuukka Rask was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy Award (NHL’s best goaltender during the regular season) along with Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets.
A lot of people believe that Rask will be in the shadow of Tim Thomas forever because Thomas was the starting goalie for the Boston Bruins during the 2011 Stanley Cup Title run against the Vancouver Canucks.
Rask has been the starting goalie twice when Boston went to the finals, but they lost both of those times. They lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013 in six games in a shortened series. In 2019, the Boston Bruins lost to the St. Louis Blues in seven games.
Boston still feels like they have a solid chance to win it all despite Tuukka Rask opting out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Head Coach Bruce Cassidy feels confident about his bunch.
Game 5 of the Boston-Carolina series will be on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.
The Bruins won The Presidents’ Trophy this season with a 44-14-12 record with 100 points.
I don’t think they have enough to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6 record with 92 during the regular season) in a playoff series. David Pastrnak and others will have to step up their game if they want to win it all though.
What do you think of the Boston Bruins not having Tuukka Rask for the remainder of the postseason?
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