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Julien says Tuukka has been as good as Thomas in 2011

Jun 16, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

Tuukka Rask, Tim Thomas Getty Images

When you take a look at how the goaltenders have played in the Stanley Cup Final, it’s hard not to marvel at how well they’ve done.

Bruins coach Claude Julien was asked today how Tuukka Rask‘s play compares to Tim Thomas’ play in 2011 and he said there are strong similarities.

“I think it’s just as good. No doubt,” Julien said. “Tim has been a great goaltender for us. When you lose a guy like that, there’s always that fear that you’re not going to be able to replace him.

“Tuukka’s done an outstanding job. To me, he’s been as much of a contributor to our team as Tim was two years ago.”

Considering that Thomas’ play was so good he won the Conn Smythe Trophy during the Bruins’ run two years ago, that’s pretty high praise. The scary truth? Rask has been better than Thomas.

Thomas posted a 1.98 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage then. Currently, Rask has a 1.78 GAA and a .944 SV%. If Boston comes away with the Stanley Cup again this year, Rask will likely match Thomas with a Conn Smythe of his own.

  1. bigbadbruins77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    I actually think he’s been a bit better and I had been saying it for awhile that I thought he was a more technically sound goalie. Tuukkaa Time baby! and I love Thomas. I grew up watching him and St. Louis play for UVM. I’m hoping Timmy comes back to the NHL and plays with Marty in Tampa, god knows they need a goalie. Maybe play for team USA in the Olympics too, even as a back up.

    • tbbolts91 - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      Thomas/Bishop tandem for 2K13-2K14? Oh yes.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    He’s been a lot better

  3. wisdomnfl - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    2011?

  4. packerswin96 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    I hate hate hate the Bruins, but Rask has been their MVP of the playoffs for sure, and would get my vot right now for the Conn Smythe trophy.

    • cloudniner9 - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      why on earth would you hate the bruins, a hardworking bluecollar team that plays an honest game without the diving and whining of many of the other teams, not going to mention the other teams but one of them has a toilet seat for a logo

      • packerswin96 - Jun 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    • 8man - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Thank you for beating the Steelers.

  5. bigbadbruins77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Got hosed on the vezina Finalists too. But so did anderson bc of injury. But I do believe bob was the correct wwinner.

  6. spitfisher - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Thomas and Rask, 2 different goalies,1 young, 1 old/retired,1 stands on his head & comes out to face the shooter, flops around, , protects the blue crease like a pitbull, the other stays square to the shooter, stays at home rarely come out, unruffled, cool calm and collected

    Both share one trait in the Stanley cup playoffs-keeping the puck out of the net

  7. jacketsfan7 - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Thomas hasn’t retired yet

    • spitfisher - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Until he puts on an islanders jersey he is

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        I’m pretty sure that’s not true they just had him this year. His contact expired. He can go anywhere.

  8. jcmeyer10 - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Julien added, “the best part is he’s a guy you’d have a beer with.”

  9. 8man - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    He’s played very well. And the Hawks have a guy on their squad who is just as capable. Clearly the Bruins would not be where they are without Rask’s efforts to date. But what Stanley Cup contender would be without a top notch goalie?

    I guess I’m saying he’s a “top notch goalie.” Great job, Tuukka! Go Bs!

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