On Saturday afternoon the Boston Bruins traveled to “The Island” to take on The New York Islanders in some matinee hockey. The Boston Bruins won their 10th straight on the road vs the Islanders in a 4-0 victory that was backstopped by a massive performance from the best goalie in the league Tuukka Rask…Yeah, I said it.
Tuukka Rask leads the NHL with a 2.16 GAA and is fourth in save percentage with a .928 but is the behind 3 other guys who are not full-time starters and barely lead him with a .930 save percentage. Tuukka is also second in the league with 4 shutouts just one off the league lead. Tuukka Rask has without a doubt been the best goalie in the league this season and should moonwalk to the Vezina no matter what the NHL.com writing staff say. Vassy for the Vezina? What sport are they watching? YIKES
Andrei Vasilevskiy leads the goaltenders pack, but will he win the Vezina Trophy for the second straight season?
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Behind the leagues best goalie is one of the best backup goalies in the NHL in Jaroslav Halak who has 3 shutouts on the season and can always give the Bruins a real chance to win in any game they rest Rask. Having both goalies make the Bruins a real weapon. On top of the goaltending, the Bruins are deep at D. They have a great top 6 right now and that includes Jeremy Lauzon who has been a pleasant surprise for the Bruins this season. They also have the league leader in goals David Pastrnak scoring at will who put up his 47th of the year this afternoon
As the Trade Deadline came and passed The Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney added two forwards from the Ducks in two separate deals thought brought Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie. The newly acquired pair have now become the line-mates of the Bruins number 2 C David Krejci and these deals that saw Backes and Heinen leave the Bruins certainly have made the Bruins a much better team. The Bruins can roll 4 lines and forecheck you into the ground. They have the best line in hockey and it is no coincidence they are the best team in the league with a 6 point cushion to boot.
Normally I don’t love the idea of winning The President’s Trophy but the B’s have the players who know what it takes to get to the big dance. They’re not Tampa they won’t let this opportunity slide again. The Boston Bruins are the best team in hockey period! and should be your Stanley Cup Favorites heading into Playoff SZN.
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