The Boston Bruins were ultimately unable to win the 2019 Stanley Cup, as they fell to the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the Final. However, the series loss didn't overshadow one of the biggest Bruins storylines of the postseason. And that was the performance of goaltender, Tuukka Rask.
Rask put together one of the best postseason runs in Bruins history. He notched a 15-9 record, had a 2.02 goals against average, and a .934 save percentage while also logging two shutouts. While the team didn't win the Cup, Rask still was recognized for his excellent overall performance in the Conn Smythe voting.
The Professional Hockey Writers Association released a breakdown of the Conn Smythe voting following the Blues' Game 7 win. Rask finished third in the voting, and ended up with 21 points, trailing just the first-place finisher, Ryan O'Reilly (78 points), and second-place finisher, Jordan Binnington (46 points).
Rask didn't get a first-place nod on any ballot, but he did receive four second-place votes and nine third-place votes for his performance during the final. Only five ballots left him off entirely. That's an impressive mark, especially since a player on the losing team hasn't won the Conn Smythe since 2003 (Jean-Sebastien Gigure, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim).
The respect that Rask got during the Conn Smythe voting just speaks to the success he had during the Bruins' postseason run. He was a big key for the squad and really helped them to compete for the Cup.
Unfortunately, the Bruins just weren't able to bring it home.
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