Boston Bruins Goaltenders Continue Winning Ways

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Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins and Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens look on during the DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting event during the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition as part of the 2017 NHL All-Star Weekend at STAPLES Center on January 28, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.
(Jan. 27, 2017 – Source: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images North America)

By: Andrew Thompson                                                                 Twitter: @Godwentwhoops

The Boston Bruins came off their bye week by beating the Montreal Canadiens in a shootout on Saturday night. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask shook off some early rust to shut down the Habs offense and helped secure two points for the Black and Gold.

Tuukka Rask has been an exemplary player for the last month and a half.  Rask was named the NHL’s First Star of the Month for December for his strong play in front of the crease.  The 30-year old Finnish netminder has not lost a game in regulation since November 26 when the B’s fell to the Edmonton Oilers. Since that loss, Rask has gone 12-0-2, with an outstanding 1.69 goals against average and a Vezina-worthy .938 save percentage.

Rask’s overall numbers look much better as well. Rask is currently 15-8-4, putting up a 2.25 goals against average and a respectable .919 save percentage (705 saves).  Since 2012, no NHL goalie has seen more ice-time than Rask. He has bounced back from an ugly to start to the season, and he’s starting to enter the Vezina conversation for the first time this season.

Rask has always been one of those players that have been exceptionally candid with the media.

Rask has always been honest about his game play. It’s one of the things that has resonated with most of the Bruins fan base.

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Goalie Anton Khudobin #35 of the Boston Bruins looks on against the Washington Capitals during the second period at Capital One Arena on December 28, 2017, in Washington, DC.
(Dec. 27, 2017 – Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)

Anton Khudobin has been bringing home the bacon for Boston as well. His strong play at the start of the season kept the Black and the Gold above water as they team floundered through a tough string of injuries. Those injuries often placed Bruins rookies against some of the best in the NHL, and it was Dobby who kept the team standing.

Khudobin will be in the crease for Boston as they take on the Dallas Stars this afternoon. It will be his first start since he shutdown the Carolina Hurricanes in a 7-1 shellacking of his former team.

Khudobin’s recent numbers are also quite strong. In his last three starts, Khudobin is 2-0-1 with a 1.30 goals against average and a .959 save percentage. For the season, Dobby is 9-2-3, with a respectable 2.37 goals against average, and a .925 save percentage.

The Boston Bruins have risen like a phoenix from the ashes this season. After months of solid play, the Black and Gold find themselves second in the Atlantic Division. At the moment, they have a 99.9% chance of making the postseason (it was under 40% in the middle of November). The B’s got where they are through perseverance, determination, and the strength of two amazing goaltenders.

 

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