Tuukka Rask is one of the top five goaltenders in the NHL.
Yes, you read that correctly.
At one point in the previous two seasons, I gave up on Tuukka Rask, as I am sure many of my fellow Bruins fans did as well. I mean, he was one of the lowest rank number one goaltenders last year.
Boy, were we wrong. Rask set standards high in a Vezina Trophy-winning run in the 2013-14 season, but did not come close to that level of play the previous two seasons.
Granted, it did not help him losing top-four defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Dougie Hamilton and the B’s defense has declined since that 2013-14 season as well, but Rask has found a way to turn this season around.
With a 10-1-0 record, Rask seems to be back to elite status. With his shutout against the Colorado Avalanche this past Sunday, Rask has become one of the only goalies in team history to win ten of the first eleven starts to a season, alongside B’s legend Gerry Cheevers. His goals against average is second in the league at 1.56 and he is third in save percentage at .945.
Rask’s return to elite form could not come at a more opportune time, since the B’s offense is having a bit more trouble this season thus far. The Bruins offense ranks 20th in goals scored per game and 23rd in power-play percentage.
I know I was expecting very little from the Bruins this season with the way Rask has performed the past two seasons and the lack-luster offense, but damn am I excited for the remainder of this season. The Bruins are second in the Atlantic, fourth in the Eastern Conference and among the top five teams in the league. As long as Rask can stay healthy and maintain one of the best seasons of his career, we are in for a much more enjoyable season than anticipated.