Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask catches shot with blocker hand in 'save of the year' candidate

When Marc-Andre Fleury robbed the Maple Leafs with an insane glove save Tuesday night, we thought it might end up being the best save of the season. Two days later, we have to question if it was even the best save this week. 

That's because Tuukka Rask submitted his own "save of the year" candidate for consideration Thursday night as the Bruins took on the Sabres. With Boston holding onto a two-goal lead and Buffalo on the power play in the third period, Evan Rodrigues had a golden opportunity to cut that lead in half as a rebound opportunity rolled to him with Rask out of position. Rodrigues had plenty of net to shoot at and he let one rip. It felt like it was going to be a sure goal.

But then Rask did this:

After losing his stick in the chaos, Rask made a desperation lunge back across the crease and managed to grab the shot with his blocker hand. Yes, his blocker hand. It sounds ridiculous because it is. 

That save would end up being a pivotal one, as the Bruins would go on to win by a final score of 3-2. Had Rask failed to make the insane save, overtime likely would have been in the cards.

When asked about the highlight after the game, the Bruins goaltender basically said he couldn't even believe it himself.

All Rodrigues could do was offer a tip of the cap.

"It's arguably the save of the year," the Sabres forward said, via Joe Yerdon. "You just tip your hat but yeah, that was something else."

It seems that this one might be tough to beat moving forward, but we also said that two days ago.

Pete Blackburn is from Boston, so there's a good chance you don't like him already. He has been a writer at CBS Sports since 2017 and usually aims to take a humorous and light-hearted approach to the often... Full Bio

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