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Rask Taken to Task

Posted by David Sabino  June 20, 2013 09:09 AM

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raskgoal.jpgPrior to Game 4 of the Finals Tuukka Rask’s 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff performance was being compared by many to Tim Thomas’ incredible 2011 run through the postseason. Although Rask hasn’t been as spectacular as Thomas was in leading the Bruins to the Cup two years ago, his numbers hold up well against Thomas, even following the Game 4 overtime loss to the Blackhawks in which he gave up a career-playoff-high six goals. Here’s a comparison along with some stats of note about the Bruins backstop off night.

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  • Prior to Patrick Sharp’s first period goal on Wednesday, Rask had gone 122:26 without allowing a puck to get past him.

  • Rask allowed more goals in the second period on Wednesday (3) than he allowed in the entire previous series against Pittsburgh (2).

  • This was just the second time in 171 career NHL regular season and playoff games that Rask allowed six goals. The first was back on January 31 in a loss to the Buffalo Sabres. He bounced back tremendously after that however by allowing just one goal total over his next two games in Toronto and Montreal.

  • Even after the six-goal shellacking, Rask remains the NHL leader in goals against average (1.83), save percentage (.941) and shutouts (3).

  • In two losses thus far in the Finals, Rask has made 100 saves (59 in Game 1, 41 in Game 4). In the two wins he stopped a total of 61 shots.

  • The last Bruins goaltender to allow six goals in a Stanley Cup Finals game was Andy Moog who lost 6-3 to the Edmonton Oilers in the deciding Game 5 in 1988.

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    Stats Driven is powered by David Sabino, who over the last two decades has been a source of statistical analysis on the pages of Sports Illustrated, New York Times, and Chicago Tribune. David has written about all seven recent Boston-area championships for Sports Illustrated Presents commemorative issues, was the creator of such long time features as SI’s Player Value Ranking, NBA Player Rating and long running fantasy football and baseball columns.

    He has also authored or made contributions to many books, including the Sports Illustrated’s 100 Fenway: A Fascinating First Century.

    Now living in Marblehead, he’s focusing his attention on the Boston sports scene, specifically delving into the numbers affecting the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins, with the goal of informing and entertaining real fans. You can follow him on Twitter at @SabinoSports.

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