CHICAGO -- After giving up six goals to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night, Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask's numbers might have taken a bit of a hit. However, during the first period of Game 5 on Saturday night, Rask showed the form that has made him the postseason's best goaltender.
With just over five minutes to play in the first period, Chicago got a rare open look as Michal Handzus and Patrick Sharp found some room to work. As Handzus sent the puck over to Sharp, the left side of the net was gaping. That's when Rask exploded off the right side of the crease to make a lunging save with his arm off Sharp's one-time shot and preserve the 0-0 scoreline.
It might be one of the best saves of the series. Sharp was sure to score if not for the athleticism of Rask.
The Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead later in the period on a broken play, but Rask was mostly strong in the opening stanza, making seven saves.