Throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has put his team on his back, specifically in elimination games, where after a 28-save performance in a 5-1 Game 6 win Sunday, Rask is now 4-0 with a .75 GAA and .975 save percentage.
During the second period of Game 6 though, Rask may have had the team’s season literally riding on his back. With his team up 1-0 on the St. Louis Blues and killing off a Blues power play thanks to a Brad Marchand tripping call, Rask corraled a puck that had been redirected by teammate Charlie McAvoy, behind him and prevented the Blues from tying the game.
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“I didn’t know where it was, and I figured it might be somewhere behind me, so I just tried to corral it with my hand behind my back, and then it stuck in my pants, and then it fell somewhere,” Rask told reporters. “I think Chucky made a great play to keep it out of the net originally, and, it’s never a good thing for a goalie to kinda be facing the play with your back, but luckily it stayed out.”
Once again, Rask saved the Bruins and now he and his teammates will play the first Stanley Cup Final Game 7 in Boston with a chance to hoist their second Stanley Cup in eight years.