Tuukka Rask is coming off one of the best postseason series of his career. In six games against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Boston Bruins netminder stopped 201 of 211 shots, good for a .948 save percentage, and helped to spark the Bruins' victory in Game 6 with a 39-save shutout.
And with that performance, Rask wrote himself into both the Bruins' and NHL's history books.
According to the NHL PR Twitter account, Rask's 39 saves in Game 6 are tied for the fourth-most in a series-clinching shutout since the 1955-56 season. He joins some very talented goaltenders on that list.
Tuukka Rask's 39 saves in a series-clinching shutout matched the NHL's fourth-highest total since 1955-56. #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/UvZTHFVEV0— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 7, 2019
In addition to the company that Rask is keeping there, he recorded his sixth postseason shutout as well. Only Gerry Cheevers has more shutouts in his postseason career (8) and Rask matched Tim Thomas and Tiny Thompson on the list with six.
Rask also became the third goalie to record two series-clinching shutouts during his Bruins career, joining Cheevers and Thomas on that exclusive list.
Though Rask has had his fair share of detractors over the years, it's numbers like these that prove he can be one of the best goalies in the game and has already made a name for himself as one of the best goalies in Bruins history. He will get a chance to continue his hot streak in the Bruins' Eastern Conference Final matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes.
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