Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has been very tough to beat at TD Garden this season, and the Vancouver Canucks got a firsthand look at that Tuesday night.
Rask shut the door with 25 saves in a 4-0 shutout win over a Canucks team that entered the game leading the Pacific Division with 65 points.
The victory kept alive a pretty impressive streak that Rask is riding this season. He still has not lost in regulation at home during the 2019-20 campaign, placing him in a select group of NHL netminders who've accomplished the feat through their first 17-plus games.
Tuukka Rask of the @NHLBruins has yet to lose in regulation at TD Garden in 2019-20 (11-0-6).— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 5, 2020
Only nine other goaltenders in NHL history have recorded at least one point in each of their first 17+ home appearances from the start of a season. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/p5MAG9j1tI
Rask was impressed with his team's all-around effort in beating the Canucks.
“That was one of the best checking games all over the ice I remember,” Rask told reporters. “We took their time and space away, and they didn’t have too many chances from the slot or anywhere else. I think everybody checked well and defended well, and that turned into offense. That’s great to see -- we win 4-0 and it was a great checking game.”
Rask has rebounded from a tough loss in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final to post some of his best stats in years. He owns a 19-4-6 record with a 2.15 goals against average and a .929 save percentage in 30 games played. The last season in which Rask finished with a save percentage of .929 or higher and a GAA of 2.15 or lower was in 2013-14 when he won the Vezina Trophy.
The Bruins look very much like a Stanley Cup favorite post-All Star break, and Rask's impressive play is a huge reason for that.