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Just as it Looked Like Deja Vu, Tuukka Rask Thwarted Brian Gionta’s Breakaway Chance

Brian Gionta had a breakaway chance in the second period to give the Canadiens the lead, but Tuukka Rask stood tall and saved the shot. Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images

For a split second, it looked like déjà vu for the Bruins.

The Bruins lost the puck in the Canadiens zone with just over five minutes to play in the second period, and Brian Gionta was sprung up the middle on a breakaway for Montreal and the Bell Centre prepared to explode.

But unlike in Game 3, when the Canadiens netted two breakaway goals, Tuukka Rask stood tall and denied the Montreal forward’s backhand attempt from opening up the scoring in Game 4.

P.K. Subban and Dale Weise scored on breakaways in Game 3, putting the Canadiens up by scores on 2-0 and 3-0, respectively.
Although it was Kevan Miller who let Gionta get behind him for the chance, he didn’t give up on the play, and pressure by him and Torey Krug didn’t allow Gionta to take the puck to his forehand for an easier chance.
The Bruins led the Canadiens 25-19 in shots going into the third period, but in the column that matters, both teams still sported goose eggs. It was the first time in the series that the Bruins went into the third not trailing on the scoreboard.
Check out the GIF below by @myregularface to see Rask stop the breakaway.
Rask stops Gionta on a breakaway  on Twitpic


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