Rookie Tuukka Rask looks to have seized the starting job from Tim Thomas in Boston. (Photo by Mike Carlson/NHLI via Getty Images)
Starting the season behind reigning Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas on the Bruins depth chart meant Tuukka Rask was unlikely to see a lot of ice time this season. But both Boston and Thomas have struggled at times this season, opening the door for the 23-year-old native of Savonlinna, Finland. And he has made the most of his opportunity.
Rask is battling superstar netminder Ryan Miller for the best goals-against average in the league and currently sits fourth in save percentage behind Miller, Tomas Vokoun and Evgeni Nabokov. Elite company for a young man who only played one NHL game last season.
But in the first game back after the Olympic break Rask aggravated a previous knee injury and has not played since. Prior to the injury, Rask had established himself as the Bruins’ No. 1 goalie, starting seven straight games and only losing one in regulation. Rask is once again ready for action and if Boston hopes to make the post-season they need the Finn to return to the stellar form he has shown all year.
Ryan Kennedy caught up with the Bruins rookie netminder as he reflected on his season and prepared for the stretch run.
REPORTER: Ryan Kennedy | PRODUCER: Ted Cooper
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