Boston Bruins: Tuukka Rask
Boston Bruins Tuukka Rask: maybe one of the most polarizing athletes in all of Boston’s sports, but there is no denying that he is a veteran of the Boston Bruins. Rask has made it common for the Bruins to be left out of the games with his superb save. He is capable of layout and when Boston needs him.
In 2021, Rask continued to play well. He went 15–5–2 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. It was coming from a season where Rask claimed a 28-8-6 record with a league-leading 2.12 goals-against average.
This is not to say that Rask had his own struggles. He had some injury issues that kept him out of some regular-season games and fans wondered if he would be ready for the playoffs. But Rask has been out of the lights at the Stanley Cup playoffs so far. He has done everything you can ask of your goalkeeper including saving some highlight-reels.
Still, there was something special in Game Four. This was the game where Rask would pass on the legend of a B and therefore consolidate its place in the history of the franchise. Rask passed Geri Cheevers for the most playoff wins in Boston history. It is almost ridiculous to think that skeptics question Rask’s ability to perform in big games.
Cheevers is a Bruins legend in itself. He is almost a gold standard that is compared to all goalscorers in Boston. But in relation to the Cheevers, he is no longer the best goalkeeper in Boston Bruins history. That honor now belongs to Tukka Rusk.
Why Tukka Rask is the best Boston Bruins goaltender ever?
Bruins: The most recent record-breaker is the cherry on top, but Rask’s figures speak for themselves. She is a two-time All-Star and has won the Vezina Trophy. In his career, he has scored over 300 wins with a 2.27 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.
One day the number of the Rask will be retired. There is no doubt and this is a franchise that, unlike the organization playing at TD Garden, carefully selects who goes up. While the Cheevers was great, their number 30 was not retired.
The Chivers certainly ended up in the Hockey Hall of Fame and he would one day join the Rask. At this point, it does not matter whether Rask takes Boston to the Stanley Cup before the end of his career. He has done enough to sit atop the Bruins’ goal-scoring mountain. Winning a cup will only be confirmed by how great Rask is.