Rask underwent successful surgery to repair his injured right groin Tuesday and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 NHL season. Rask dealt with the groin issue for much of the 2016-17 campaign, but it didn't make him miss much action, as he was able to finish the season with a healthy 65 games under his belt. While his .915 save percentage this season was nothing special, the 30-year-old's 2.23 GAA was good enough for sixth in the NHL among qualified keepers. Assuming he can stay healthy, look for Rask to bounce back next season.
Rask allowed three goals on 29 shots in a 3-2 overtime defeat during Game 6 of the first round against the Senators. Ottawa won the series, 4-2. The 30-year-old stopped 26 of 27 on even strength, but that wasn't enough, as the Senators tallied two scores on the power play. Although Rask posted a .920 save percentage in the series, that wasn't enough either. Three of Ottawa's four wins in the series came in overtime, and the other was a 1-0 victory where the Bruins mustered up just 22 shots on goal. It's now been three years since Rask won the Vezina Trophy, but he remains a top 10 fantasy goaltender heading into next season.
Rask will be in the crease for Sunday's Game 6 against Ottawa, Joe Haggerty of CSN NE reports. Tuuks had a couple rough games in Game 2 and 3, but his last two times out have been stellar as he's stopped 67 of 70 shots. He'll need another similar performance to avoid elimination, given how well opposing goalie Craig Anderson has played -- the Ottawa netminder has stopped 58 of 61 shots in the past two games, including a 22-shot shutout in Game 4.
Rask denied 41 of 43 shots from the Senators on Friday, en route to a double-overtime win for Game 5. The Finnish backstop saw more than half of the shots between the first period and the initial overtime, and Bruins rookie Sean Kuraly saved the season with the game-tying and double-overtime tallies to force a Game 6 at home Sunday. Rask has a 2.14 GAA in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs -- though that's only eighth best, and his .924 save percentage pales in comparison to the high marks held by other playoff goalies like Pekka Rinne (.976), Jake Allen (.966) or Henrik Lundqvist (.944), just to name a few.
Rask will start between the pipes in Friday's Game 5 against the Senators, CSN New England's Joe Haggerty reports. Rask was razor-sharp in Game 4, turning aside 26 of the 27 shots he faced, but he ultimately suffered his third consecutive loss to the Senators due to a complete lack of goal support from his teammates. The Finnish netminder will look to stay dialed in Friday and help his team force a Game 6 in Boston.
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