Rask Comes up Big and Series Tied 2-2 Headed Back to Boston

The Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs faced off for Game 4 in Toronto Wednesday night and it was a hell of a battle. The Boston Bruins who are close to 100 percent health-wise got John Moore and Marcus Johansson back in the lineup and they helped out fill in the depth roles on the penalty kill and the powerplay.

The Bruins special teams did clean up the work that they had left on the ice in Game 3 but after the Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead they were stuck in their own zone for an extended amount of time. Things were getting ugly for the B’s as there were starting to be too many turnovers and missed chances to exit the zone. But there was somebody there to save the B’s just a little bit, and that was Tuukka Rask.

No this wasn’t his best game ever and actually, it wasn’t even close to that. He let in a softy by Matthews to tie the game back up at 2-2 but the B’s were outshot in total 36-21 and were getting outplayed for portions of this game. It looked like they were about to let this game slip away into the third period and it was going to be all Toronto in the third. The Leafs caught fire and had a flurry of shots on Rask in the last 5 minutes. He came up with save after save and then he comes up with arguably his biggest of the night on Connor Brown. A tipped shot from the point found Brown open right next to the net and as he fluttered the shot towards the net Rask extended his pad and made the save keeping the Bruins in a 2-2 game.

Then in the third, the Bruins got their act together again and managed to score another 3 goals but the night wasn’t over for the Leafs. They stormed back and in just 2 minutes they managed to get 9 shots on Rask and managed to put 2 in. It was do or die time for the B’s and they had just about crumbled but Rask was there to keep them in the lead.

The Bruins hold on to the lead and escape Toronto with the series tied up. Now, this wasn’t the best performance by the Bruins defense but their offense(being shuffled around) and Rask kept them in the lead.
With this series all tied and the Bruins heading back to Boston, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bruins come out and wail on the Leafs. With Sean Kuraly coming back into the lineup he could bring some much-needed speed, intensity, physicality and experience to the Bruins fourth line. This should be an exciting rest of a series for both teams.

Photo from Maple Leafs Hotstove


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