BOSTON – Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is aware that Boston fans sometimes have a love-hate relationship with longtime goalkeeper Tuukka Rask.
After Rask Cassidy said on Tuesday night about Game 7 and said, "Hopefully he converted a few."
"I hope the fans realize what he did tonight. I think you have to recognize as a fan when a player plays well. I know in this city, if you do not, you hear about it ̵
Rask stopped 32 of 33 shots when Boston defeated Toronto 5-1 in the first game of the first round of Serie 7. It's the second season in Toronto that ended.
The first three goals from Boston were scored by bottom six strikers – Joakim Nordstrom, Marcus Johansson and Sean Kuraly – but the star of the night was Rask, the 32-year-old Finn.
] "Hopefully he will be able to further extend his legacy of the playoffs. It's a big win at Game 7, "said Cassidy. I think he was our best player.
Rask's cap hit is the fourth-highest among the league's goalkeepers at $ 7 million, despite winning a Vezina Trophy in 2014 Rask, who regularly led regular season and long playoff runs in Boston , frequently polarized among fans, starting in the 2010 playoffs when Rask allowed 15 goals in four games as the Flyers became the third team in NHL history to defend 0-3 to win a playoff series.
Asked if a Game 7 will cement his legacy, Rask said, "The big crowd will decide that. I'm just trying to prepare the same way in every game. It helps with experience, you do not want to get too high or too low.
Rask scored a saving percentage of .928 and a GAA of 2.32 in the Seven Game series.
The Bruins limited Rask to this job Thanks to the strong game of backup Jaroslav Halak, Rask was able to make a personal move in November Reasons to temporarily suspend briefly and miss 12 days in January after suffering a concussion Rask only started 45 games – his lowest since his tenure at Boston The starter had dropped from 53 starts last season and was in the 2014 season / 15 with 67 starts (and 70 appearances) significantly shorter than before.
"We have limited his work this year and asked us how it will meet him in the playoffs, "Cassidy said, hopefully we got some residual effects from it."
"The work Oad was not too much, "Rask said. "I feel fresh."
Rask shone especially in the second hour when Toronto increased the pressure with 13 strikes on goal. "We collapsed, we had a hard time getting the puck out of our own zone," Cassidy said. "He was there for us."
Added Captain Zdeno Chara: "They put a lot of pucks on the net, in the slot, many shots, rebounds, and I thought he was in a good position and I controlled the rebounds and the shots thought he was obviously a differentiator. "
Toronto have lost all of their last three Game 7 games – all against the Bruins – no team in the Stanley Cup playoff history has three games with winner take-all games against them The only other team in the NHL, MLB and NBA playoff history that has lost three consecutive winner-take-all matches against the same opponent is Miami Heat Pat Patry against the Knicks from 1998 through 2000.
The Bruins will now face the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round, with Game 1 on Thursday night.The Blue Jackets defeated the NHL's top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning in a shocking round of the first round, with Tampa Bay hating them e reached the NHL record with 62 victories in the regular season.