The “Best” Fans in Hockey are Back…The Tuukka Rask Haters

The Bruins are back in the playoffs and it’s time for all fans to get excited about a potential playoff run. I will say this…with the playoffs means one thing. That thing I’m alluding to? The Tuukka Rask haters coming fully out to play. It’s amazing that year after year, we have people that are really saying that Tuukka Rask is a bad NHL goalie. Why? Because he hasn’t won a cup? There are PLENTY of athletes across professional sports that NEVER won a championship. Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley are two off the top of my head. But in this case, why does Tuukka Rask get so much unwarranted hate?

Soft Goals Given Up?

So Matt McCarthy might be onto something here. The Bruins opened up their playoff run against the Washington Capitals last night. Unfortunately for the Bruins, they fell 3-2 to the Capitals in overtime in game one. The game winning goal in overtime may have looked a little soft. But this is also coming from a casual hockey fan.

The Leaving From The Bubble Last Year

The Tuukka haters LOVE this point. Tuukka Rask left the playoff bubble last year in what ended up being a family emergency. But a lot of fans, including myself, thought it was because he just didn’t want to be there initially. It looked bad at first, I’ll admit that. But when the details of the family emergency came out, where were all of the Tuukka haters then? Silent. Crickets.

In Conclusion

Just like the months stay in order and time stays in order, the Rask haters come out in full effect come May. This may be one of Tuukka Rask’s last chances at winning a Stanley Cup with the Bruins. He’s made it clear he wants to retire a Bruin. Jeremy Swayman is waiting to take the main goaltender role over and soon. If Tuukka can win a Cup this year and go out on top…what will the haters say then? But for now, enjoy witnessing one of the best goalies in Bruins history do his thing. We won’t have it that much longer.

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Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793)

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