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Rask registers signature Stanley Cup Final victory

Jun 16, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

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For as badly as Boston was outplayed in the opening period of its 2-1 OT win on Saturday night, the Bruins probably had the best player on the ice — Tuukka Rask.

The B’s goalie was outstanding. He allowed just one goal on 19 shots — Boston was outshot by 15 in the frame — and maintained composure even though he knew his team was under siege.

“We definitely were in survival mode there for a bit.,” he said. “It looked like they had more guys out there than we did.”

It was a signature victory for Rask, though he’s had at least one already this postseason. His 53-save OT stunner against Pittsburgh in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals comes to mind.

Game 2, though, was different. The stakes were higher, and the disparity in play was alarming.

The Bruins came out remarkably flat and could’ve been heading back to Boston down 0-2 in the series had the first period turned out differently. Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa alone combined for 11 shots, and it felt as though Chicago was going for the kill.

But the ‘Hawks couldn’t do it, and Rask was the reason why.

“Tuukka pointed out that was a pretty terrible period by our team,” Chris Kelly explained. “If it wasn’t for Tuukka, it would have been a lot worse.”

Like almost anything Rask does, this win will be compared to what Tim Thomas did in the 2011 Stanley Cup final.

But…was this win more impressive than any of Thomas’?

While Thomas was dominant throughout the ’11 series, he never stymied the Canucks while the Bruins were struggling. His wins all came in blowouts — 8-1, 4-0, 5-2, 4-0 — and Boston was never out-shot by more than eight in a single period.

All told, Rask finished with 33 saves on Saturday and played a huge role in wrestling home ice away from Chicago.

Three more performances like that, and he’ll have an entire library of signature wins.

  1. kingsforever - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    First real series for Chicago after getting 2 no-chance teams then getting the wounded giant in the WCF.

    Interesting to see if they can comeback, momentum is with Boston

    • 19to77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      Beating no-chance teams is the entire story of your overrated playoff run. Vancouver sucks out loud, the ‘Yotes and Devils were miles out of the playoffs this year and the Blues were about the only team in the NHL with a worse offense than your own. Beat a team that’s not a total pushover and we’ll talk.

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        Oh please. The Devils were the #1 seed in the East until Marty got injured and Hedberg sucks, and then 3 games into Marty’s return (they went 3-0 those games) Kovalchuk dislocated his shoulder. Besides for those injuries there was no reason the Devils shouldn’t have been a contender this year. Plus, last year we were even better with Parise, so don’t make as if the Kings had such an easy time winning that series. First two games the Devils dominated but Quick stood on his head and they barely edged us in OT.

    • adambballn - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:45 AM

      Please… You got beat, move on.

    • madhouseonmadison - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:28 AM

      “Wounded giant” LOL!

      The Kings lost in 5 games because without Quick playing out of his mind the Kings are an average team who is a fringe playoff team. That’s what that means.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        Without Rask, the Bruins are out in the first round. Make no mistake about it, Boston is a mediocre team at best and a team that has been bailed out of several games by a goalie standing on his head because the rest of the team is standing around with their fingers up their butt and their mouth all chocolate. Last night was only the latest example of that. Boston has Rask to thank for a game that wasn’t 5-0 after the first period.

      • patriotslove12 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        How easily you forget that the Kings BEST player in THIS playoff’s run was Richard, who got knocked out of the series in game 1 v. The hawks. Stop crying and get ready for game 3, you are gonna NEED to be!

      • dropthepuckeh - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        greenmthabsman – How is that the Bruins have been so successful two of the last three years with two different goalies? Have to have some kind of a good team to get that far. Your bitterness and jealousy are juvenile. Maybe should go for a hike in the green mountains and come back after the parade in Boston.

  2. kingsforever - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    They beat the 1 2 and 3 seeded teams….sorry we couldn’t play the President Trophy winner 3 more times…..sweet logic.

    • 19to77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:37 AM

      Tells you how badly the Western Conference sucked last year, doesn’t it? Again, two out of three weren’t even close to contention this season. Brief hot streaks and nothing more.

  3. Stiller43 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    First real series?

    You realize they were down 3-1 to a bitter rival, right?

    Kings wounded giant? LOL

  4. kicksave1980 - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    To all of the back and forth banter…whatever. I’ve been a Blackhawks fan since birth, and I have no problem giving credit where it’s due. Rask is playing the type of goaltending that makes men into legends. These are both great teams and this series is just getting started. I would’ve liked to see a little fire under the Hawks after the first period, but that’s the way it goes. Tip of the hat to Boston and their fans for a game well played. The remainder of this series should be a beauty.

  5. pastabelly - Jun 16, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    Tired of the Thomas vs Rask comparisons. Thomas drew a head case in Louongo, who couldn’t even put out one decent effort at TD Garden. That makes things much easier.

  6. arbruins - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Great series, that’s all that matters right now…until the last game that is. Could not ask for a better finals matchup.

    GO BRUINS!

  7. LampyB - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Rask was incredible last night, but honestly I thought it was the Crawford show out there. Bruins had so many chances through 3rd & OT, Crawford stood on his head.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      Crawford is definitely the best goalie in this series, but this is about the best defenseman in the game today. Very few deliver the bone crunching checks that Subban brings. No other defenseman has his passing or puckhandling skills and only a select few can skate at the level that he skates. Face it, like him or not; Subban is the best defenseman in the game today and he’s only going to get better so he’ll need to make room in his trophy case for a few more of these. I’m just trying to figure out how Chara made it in the top 10 when I watch him flounder during the playoffs.

      • spitfisher - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        Greenmtboy, Your post above is nonsense, do you actual watch hockey or are you here to draw some (bad) attention to yourself? Thanks for the input, by the way your older sister wants her ipad back…..

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        I take it habsman made a new screenname?

      • dropthepuckeh - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        It is habsman, no way there are two idiots with the same ideology. Subban is not a shutdown defenseman, he’s a fourth forward. Chara, the best shut down defenseman in the game will be rewarded with the best trophy in the next ten days – will be nice to see the big man raise the Cup again.

  8. titansbro - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Yeah Crawford did a nice job on that post shot by Jagr. Don’t be silly, Rask is better than Crawford. Rask>Thomas.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      Rask is certainly playing well, but he is not, never has been and never will be at the level Tim Thomas was playing at.

      • habssuck - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        You know we are talking about hockey here, right?

  9. jacketsfan7 - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Your saying how bad the conference was last year? If the yotes were “so bad” then how’d they get to the third round of the playoffs?

    • adambballn - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      I think they benefited greatly from that cheap shot by Torres that took Hossa out.

  10. titansbro - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Actually he’s been statistically better in this playoff run than Thomas was in the cup run.

  11. girouxed - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    No doubt the best goalie on the planet. Shut down the “unstoppable” penguins and is now giving the best team in the league a run for their money.

  12. jacketsfan7 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    I agree , he shut us Down amazingly

  13. stoopidfool - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Thomas’s cup wins were all blowouts

    • spitfisher - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      and must win game sevens!

  14. malkinrulez - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Rask has made a believer out of me. Bruins sound defensively. Only concern for B’s can be scoring at times, Hulk line has carried the mail and if Horton is hurt more than he is letting on it will be tough on Bruins . However I still believe Bruins win in 6. Unlike many Pens fans it was clear Rask was playing at another level, there was nothing coaches , players or anyone else could do. After what Boston went through I hope the city gets to celebrate.

  15. alan226 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Greenboy- Rask has yet to give up a soft goal.

    The OT goal that Crawford let in? He had a clean look at it from a distance. THAT was a soft goal…..

    • habssuck - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Hmm, i disagree on that. Paille’s shot could not have been any more accurate if he had a laser scope, and it was a bullit, no goalie stops that.

  16. habssuck - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    It’s tough to compare who has been a better goalie so far based on the last two games. Never really saw much of Crawford being in the west, but he has played fantastic so far. We all knew Tuukka was going to be solid and he has been a brick wall.

  17. grillmarks - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Hawks fan here. I don’t understand how no one else thinks Boston stealing a game in Chicago doesn’t mark the beginning of the end for the Hawks. To me, winning the cup meant we had to win the first two at home. Boston is too tough at home.

    • spitfisher - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      agreed Grill, The series doesn’t begin until the home team loses one, which just happened, That was the first of the must wins for either team. Now it gets interesting-advantage Bruins!

  18. thesportsjudge - Jun 16, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Man, this site is disappointing. They deleted a post of mine. I know, go to another. Well, I like a lot of the posters here.

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