David Hutchison | Jan 22, 2019 | 0
From the InGoal ArchivesAs Rask leads the Bruins into the Stanley Cup Final we look back to our archives in this 2014 feature on Tuukka Rask
Tuukka Rask is back in the Stanley Cup Final and leading the NHL with a .942 save percentage, which makes this the perfect time look back at the in-depth style breakdown InGoal Magazine did on the Boston Bruins No. 1 goaltender after he won the Vezina Trophy in 2014.
Sure, some things have changed a little since Rask took home the trophy as the NHL’s top goalie almost five years ago, which came one season after he last backstopped the Bruins to the 2013 Cup Final before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks. Rask has tinkered with his post integration, for example, sticking with his preferred shin-on-post “bump” technique after experimenting with other options over the past couple seasons, but using his back leg more to increase coverage and steer movements off the post. He has slightly backed off some of his positional aggressive slightly over the years too, but the rest remains intact, including the backwards flow, the use of shuffles, even hops, on lateral plays, and those trademark active Finnish hands.
With all that in mind, we thought it might be fun to look back at the original story, and see how the trends and tactics identified then still hold true now with Rask back in the final, continuing to cement a Hall of Fame career that includes the third best save percentage (.921) ever.