The Boston Bruins are currently in the midst of a 14 game point streak. This streak is in large part to some clutch goaltending by both Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak. The pair have been lights out for a majority of the year and you can tell they feed off each other very well. Both goalies rank in the top 10 of almost every goaltender stat and have been there for much of the year.
Another year for Rask that’s about par for the course, he struggled early on but he’s been playing his best hockey as the B’s head down the playoff stretch. Rask has a 2.40 GAA along with a .920 SV%. Those are good for 8th and 10th, respectively. Rask is a key piece to the Bruins playoff success and he needs to deliver in the playoffs for the Bruins to have a chance to knock off the powerhouse Lightning. Rask has been the Bruins’ guy for sometime now and he is locked up until 2021 and hasn’t show any signs of slowing down.
At first, not much was thought of the Halak signing, he’s a solid goalie but really struggled his last few seasons as a starter. Since joining the Bruins Halak has experienced a helluva resurgence and is posted some of the best numbers of his career sporting a 2.29 GAA and a 9.24 SV%. With Halak as a competent backup, the Bruins have been able to rest Rask and keep him healthy when needed but have also had Halak give them superb backup goaltending. The Bruins have had tough luck with backups for the past few seasons and a consistent backup like Halak has provided some much needed assurance during those long stretches of games and the back to back nights.
The combination of the two has been a weapon for the Bruins and solid goaltending on a nightly basis can really swing momentum into the Bruins favor when needed. Tonight the Bruins look to continue their point streak when they face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning with Tuukka Rask leading the way.
-Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)