He hasn’t been called out for failing to pump the tires of an opposing netminder, but beyond that Tuukka Rask’s run through these Stanley Cup playoffs is beginning to look a lot like the stretch Tim Thomas put together en route to the Cup in 2011.
Through the first two rounds and the first three games of the conference finals, Rask -- who has surrendered just two goals over 11 periods to the best offensive team in the league -- actually has a better save percentage and goals-against average than Thomas had at this point in 2011 (see table at right). Thomas, of course, went on to win the Conn Smythe trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Whether Tuukka’s run will be judged as good as Timmy’s will ultimately be determined if the Bruins are hoisting the Cup at the end of the month, but it’s interesting to compare the two. Thomas’ save percentage of .940 in the 2011 playoffs is the exact number Rask sports at present.