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Tuukka Rask sets impressive Bruins playoff record in Game 4 win

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Tuukka Rask achieved an impressive milestone Friday night.

The Boston Bruins won Game 4 of their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Washington Capitals, aided by Rask's 19 saves. The B's now have an opportunity to eliminate the Capitals in Sunday's Game 5 in Washington.

Rask's latest victory was the 54th of his playoff career, which moved him past B's legend Gerry Cheevers for the most postseason wins by a goalie in team history.

Here's the top 10 after Friday.

Rank Player W
1 Tuukka Rask 54
2 Gerry Cheevers 53
3 Andy Moog 36
4 Frank Brimsek 32
5 Tim Thomas 29
6 Gilles Gilbert 17
7 Tiny Thompson 15
8 Rejean Lemelin 12
9 Don Simmons 11
10 Byron Dafoe 10

Rask's first playoff win came in Game 2 of the 2010 first-round series against the Buffalo Sabres. 

He also owns a career .926 playoff save percentage, which is the fourth-best among active goalies with at least 25 postseason appearances. He's been a very good playoff netminder throughout his career despite twice coming up a little short of winning the Stanley Cup as a starter.

Rask's future with the Bruins is uncertain. His contract expires at the end of the season. This playoff run could be his last with the Bruins.

The only thing left for Rask to accomplish with the Bruins is winning the Stanley Cup as the No. 1 goalie. Based on Rask's and the team's performance over the last month or so, including this first-round series, Boston has just as good of a chance to win a title as any team in the 2021 playoffs.