On a disappointing evening, both were amazed at the golden opportunity the boards had taken for a crucial cup title. Against his counterpart Jordan Binnington (32 parts) saw Rask, who scored four goals in 20 shots, a spectacular run in the Stanley Cup final, which was difficult to beat. He saw the Conn Smythe Trophy, which was to be awarded to him and awarded to striker Ryan O'Reilly of St. Louis.
No one had more to lose or gain in the ultimate legacy NHL game than the reckless Rask. Nobody would have changed the perception of their careers anymore. That's unfair, of course. The Bruins would never have played in a game 7 this season without Rask's unprecedented net. But sports are often not fair. You are a bottom line last impression of what you have been doing for me lately. The polarizing franchise puck stopper is being punished for giving Boston a golden opportunity to raise the trophy. His critics, encouraged by the Stanley Cup-sized hole remaining in his hockey career as goalkeeper # 1
Game 7 and legacies are usually zero-sum games. There is not much interest in nuances. It is binary, profit or loss, credit or debt, whether everything is justified or not. Rask deserves better, and he deserves better from his teammates who spent most of their time on the edge of the garden ice and were not there to save him as he saved them in the playoffs.
"I mean we're here to be as good as he is," Marchand said. "He was incredible every night, gave us every opportunity to win. He is the league's best goalkeeper. He showed that in the playoffs, and he did a damn good job, and he did his part. "
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy also interrupted any criticism of Rask in one of the most disappointing defeats in this Belle Epoque of Boston Sports.
"It really should not be," he said. "We're a team, we scored twice before the end, he could have been upside down and could give up one thing … They played us in all positions at certain times of the game, he was excellent, he was our best Player I do not think anyone will leave the building tonight in our locker room and say he did his best, that's the whole group. "
Rask finished a remarkable postseason with a 15-9 record, one 2.02 GAA and a saving of 0.934 percent, but he would trade all of those numbers for the 35 pounds of silver known as Stanley.
Like the Vancouver Canucks, Rask remains a victim of Tim Thomas' historical Shine in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011. He was the understudy for Thomas' off-world stewardship of pucks during the Stanley Cup final in 2011. That performance has cast a long shadow on Rask's career. Thomas had an outsider He had an inexperienced experience on the Net when he posted a GAA of 1.15 against the Canucks, including the Canucks blanketing in Game 7 in Vancouver. Rask was expected to repeat the unrepeatable to earn another trophy for black and gold.
A moment like this on the hockey's biggest stage was all that was missing in Rask's oeuvre. The trophy went through his mind in 2013, despite a stellar performance in these playoffs. But the painful and unpleasant ending of Game 6 of this cup final was preserved.
This time, Rask seemed to be immune to the vicissitudes of vulcanized rubber until Game 7. It was not his fault, but that will not really matter in the episode. This is the life of a goalkeeper.
Rask clearly appeared in Game 7 as the better goalkeeper in the series (2.16 goals against the average, 0.925 savings percentage). His vocal critics, however, will point to Rask's history of hiccups in Game 7s in his career. He went into the game with a 3: 2 lead of 3.18 GAA and 0.77 percent in five previous game levels, which is a less than notable record in speed cooker pucks, including Game 6 of the Cup final, at 82 86 shots were stopped and only four goals were scored in these three games (1.34 GAA, 0.53 percent savings).
The start was not favorable for Rask. He has not seen much rubber. When he did, it went into the net. The Blues scored two of their first four strikes and two consecutive strikes in the 3-1 final of the first half. St. Louis was just the third time in the night. Jay Bouwmeester sent a shot that O & # 39; Reilly skilfully past Rask to subdue the crowd and put the blues ahead at 16:47.