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SportsBruins goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped everything he should have

15:26  03 may  2019
15:26  03 may  2019 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped everything he should have© matthew j. lee/Globe staff Tuukka Rask stopped this penalty shot, one of his 39 saves in Game 4.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The refs stole a shutout from Tuukka Rask Thursday night. But Rask stole a game for the Bruins.

And maybe even stole a series.

With his best game as a Bruin since his last best game as a Bruin, the veteran goaltender made sure his team left Columbus having evened up this second-round playoff series at two games apiece, his 39-save masterpiece in a crucial Game 4 reducing this now to a best-of-three, with Boston owning home ice.

He did it by turning away everything the relentless Blue Jackets had, by turning away shots from all corners and smothering rebounds from every angle, by seeing deflections before they could get behind him and swallowing tips before they could sneak through him, by standing tall against the power play and even taller against a penalty shot. He did it by outplaying his goaltending counterpart, finally stealing some of the headlines and accolades Sergei Bobrovsky has been hoarding in the opposite net.

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He did it despite an egregious refereeing mistake.

About that shutout. The final score was officially 4-1, but any replay review of the lone Columbus goal christens this one an honorary shutout for Rask, coming as it did after play should have been stopped becasue the puck hit the protective netting behind Rask’s goal.

“I guess so,” the veteran laughed at the notion of an unofficial blanking. “I didn’t know what happened. I didn’t see it hit the net. If I saw it then I probably would have slammed the stick and chased the refs. Probably better that I didn’t see it.”

Rask has certainly been known to flash his temper, so maybe he was right in saying it was good he wasn’t aware of how obvious the mistake was, uninformed in that moment that the NHL rule doesn’t allow for replay in that situation unless the first person to touch the puck when it lands back on the ice is the one to score an immediate goal. Instead, on Thursday, the Blue Jackets were able to complete a pass to Artemi Panarin, whose goal slipped by a Bruins defense too flat-footed too respond, certain as they were a whistle was forthcoming. But with no allowance for reversal, the goal stood.

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“This day and age, I think it’s crazy,” Rask said. “If the ref didn’t see it, why can’t the league call, they’re watching the game, right? What if that’s in overtime. It didn’t cost us, but I just think it’s funny they can look at a lot of other goals and call them back in the league offices but not that.”

The goal was the talk of the postgame.

“It was a high blocker shot, I think it hit somebody, and there was like a five-second pause and I’m just like thinking it’s got to be out of bounds,” Rask said. “Next thing I see it’s on the left side, I’m scrambling, I’m on my [rear] there, and then it’s in the net. It was just a weird few seconds there.”

It was a weird, and wild, first period, one that also included a penalty shot awarded to Columbus’s Boone Jenner while the Bruins were clinging to a 1-0 lead, but on the power play. As much as the night would include multiple Rask highlights, it was his stop of Jenner that might have been the most important. Just 26 seconds after he swallowed the puck, Patrice Bergeron scored his first goal of the series, and the 2-0 lead proved more than enough for Rask to hold down.

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“Probably number 1, 2 and 3 [in importance in the game],” fourth-line forward Sean Kuraly said, the thrill of his own third-period goal still reverberating in the locker room. Kuraly, who hails from nearby Dublin, Ohio, provided the real cushion the Bruins craved, upping the lead to 3-1, but it was Rask’s save that stood out more to him. “It was huge. It’s 1-0 at the time. He was huge for us, I think our best player. He’s been good for us all year.”

He’s been really good this postseason. And in the annals of Rask versus his mercurial Boston fan base, that matters. A lot. For all the skepticism he spawns about his ability to get on a Stanley Cup run, where would the Bruins be without him? As coach Bruce Cassidy put it before the puck dropped Thursday, “he’s one of the reasons we’re still playing.” He was a rock in Game 7 against Toronto in the first round, his last best game as a Bruin. And though Bobrovsky got the better of him in Game 2 and 3, he’s kept the Bruins in every game this series, boasting a .933 postseason save percentage overall.

And now, with the awakening of the top line — two goals from Bergeron, one goal and an assist from David Pastrnak and one assist from Brad Marchand – Rask isn’t quite so alone.

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“Any team doesn’t win without their best players being their best players,” Cassidy said. “I think we can survive for a while. We were getting some secondary scoring. But eventually it’s going to catch up. It’s the law of averages unless you’re winning every game 2-1 or 1-0. Now it’s all on your goalie, which again is unfair. Goalies get hot this time of year. Tuukka played great, we’d love him to stay hot.

“But to rely on your goalie to win every night, to win games for you, is bad form in the long run. It’s a team effort. He certainly did his part tonight but generally you need your top guys scoring.”

Thursday night, the Bruins did everything they said they needed to do, getting an early goal, playing better on special teams, and being physically up to the task of handling the heavy Blue Jackets. But none of it would have mattered without Rask. He was brilliant.

“I can only speak for my behalf but I’m out there trying to give us a chance to win every night,” he said. “I just try and do my job really, and I’m glad it paid off today.”

Tara Sullivan is a Globe columnist. She can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @Globe_Tara.

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