Tuukka Rask led the Bruins in their bounce-back victory over the St. Louis Blues Thursday night at TD Garden. That wasn’t Rask’s only impressive feat in the 5-2 triumph.
Rask notched career win No. 252 following his 28-save effort, tying him with Tiny Thompson for the most victories in franchise history.
The 31-year-old has been a part of the Bruins organization for the past 11 years dating back to 2007. His highest accolades during this time include a Stanley Cup (as Tim Thomas’ backup) and a Vezina Trophy (in 2014). Now, he is one win away from being Boston’s all-time winningest goaltender.
This is quite the prestigious accomplishment especially considering the greats that have manned the Boston net before Rask, including Thomas and Gerry Cheevers. Rask, though, kept his excitement in check during his postgame media session.
“I tied the record,” Rask nonchalantly said. “Yeah, I mean it’s an Original Six franchise, I’ve had the luxury to be here for many, many years, so obviously it means a lot but, many more to come hopefully.”
Rask has been a staple in the Bruins’ net for the past several seasons. The Finn is playing his best hockey of the season and has a 5-0-1 record to show for that. His lone blemish during this six-game stretch came in Monday’s overtime loss to the rival Montreal Canadiens.
His teammates, including captain Zdeno Chara, have taken notice to his ramped up play recently. In fact, they were a little more ecstatic than Rask himself to see him move one win closer to the record.
“Yeah, and you know, I’m very happy for him – everybody was,” the 6-foot-9 defenseman said. “You know, it’s quite an accomplishment and obviously. He’s not stopping now but it just shows you he’s very loyal too. It’s a big number and to be up there and obviously playing as many games and years as he is, it’s nice to see.”
That next big number for Rask is 253, which could come as soon as Saturday when the Bruins host the New York Rangers in their final game before their bye week.
Matt is a recent graduate from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in sports journalism and a minor in business. He currently reports on the Boston Bruins and writes featured stories and game recaps for both Bruins Daily and Boston.com
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