Rask needs to win the goaltending battle: Usually the two teams with the hottest goalies meet in the Stanley Cup Final, and luckily for the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is one of them. The Bruins enter the Final with Rask playing some unreal hockey between the pipes. In 16 playoff games, Rask has a 1.75 goals-against average and a.943 save percentage. Rask is coming off a series where he allowed just two goals in four games against the high-flying Pittsburgh Penguins. Rask shut the Penguins out in two of his four victories.
Rask has exceeded expectations and kept the Bruins in some games with some big timely saves. The Bruins will need that from Rask in order to take down the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks have a deep roster full of players who can put the puck in the net. After watching Rask dominate the Penguins in four straight, Rask is showing no signs of slowing down.
For the Blackhawks, Corey Crawford has been just as good as Rask. Crawford’s 1.74 goals-against average leads all playoff goalies. Crawford enters the Cup Final with a .935 save percentage and one shutout.
After dropping three of the first four in the Blackhawks’ Western Conference quarterfinals series vs. the Detroit Red Wings, Crawford has bounced back with wins in seven of his last eight.
The key to the series very well could be which goalie outperforms the other.