Found June 08, 2013 on
When the Pittsburgh Penguins mounted a furious attempt to tie their eventual 1-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in the game's final minute, Zdeno Chara made what was a remarkable "save" to help Tuukka Rask preserve his shutout--making a save with his hand and amazingly not fully closing his hand on the puck--and he got a kick in the head as a reward for his efforts:
BEST OF MAXIM
The Boston Bruins were desperately trying to hold on to a 1-0 lead late in Game 4. The Pittsburgh Penguins were finally generating strong offensive chances, throwing countless pucks toward Tuukka Rask's net. With just over a minute to go, Evgeni Malkin fired a shot at what appeared to be an empty net. Cue Zdeno Chara's tree branch arms. Chara's hand stops the puck...
BOSTON — We can stop with those silly questions now when it comes to Tuukka Rask.
Facing arguably the best offense in hockey today, Rask turned in perhaps the greatest four-game stretch of his life with another shutout win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final. In the process, Rask hopefully quieted some of the nay-sayers when it comes to his ability to close out a series....
After the Bruins sweep of the Penguins, NBC analyst Pierre McGuire asked Tuukka Rask about the message from B’s coach Claude Julien before Friday night’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston. Tuukka responded with a gem of an answer:
“I don’t remember. I don’t listen.”
Well, keep on not listening, Tuukka. It’s clearly working. The Bruins goalie finished...
BOSTON — The Pittsburgh Penguins entered the Eastern Conference Finals having scored on 28.3 percent of their power plays. Or, to put it another way, they were scoring more than one power-play goal for every four power plays they were awarded.
That’s not bad, right?
So it would obviously be a monumental task for the Bruins to try and slow down that vaunted unit in the conference...
The Penguins were supposed to be unbeatable. Somebody must have forgotten to tell Tuukka Rask.
Rask, the Bruins goaltender who faced so much pressure when he took over for onetime Stanley Cup hero Tim Thomas, is building his own legacy after another sterling performance in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins on Friday. Rask stopped all 26 shots he faced and...
Bruins 1, Penguins 0
Tuukka Rask holds strong again as Bruins finish off Penguins in four, head to Cup finals for second time in three years.
For the second time in three seasons, the Boston Bruins are headed to the Stanley Cup finals.
The Bruins completed a sweep of the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night with a scrappy 1-0 win on home ice in Boston...
The Bruins are headed to the Cup finals after a 1-0 win. Pens had unlimited chances late but couldn't cash in. One of the more disappointing series losses in a long time.
The Penguins managed just two goals against Tuukka Rask. Hard to even type that sentence. Unreal.
Adam McQuaid scored early in the third period, Tuukka Rask posted his second shutout of the series, and the Boston Bruins swept their way to the Stanley Cup finals with a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.
The Bruins won the Eastern Conference finals 4-0 and held the high-scoring Penguins to just two goals in the stunning sweep.
Boston will face either the Chicago...
The Boston Bruins defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 Friday night, completing the series sweep, and earned thier second trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in three years. Adam McQuaid scored the lone goal of the game, and Tuukka Rask stopped 26 shots to earn the shutout, his second shutout of the series. He stopped 144 [...]
Just a few things that caught my eye:
Best save of the night? Zdeno Chara's backhanded snag in the last minute. That stung, but not as much as it would have had the puck found twine.
Tuukka Rask, second-best goalie in the world or just lucky? Discuss.
Patrick Kane finally showed up Thursday night. He even back checked. Amazing.
The Bruins defense shut down the potent Pittsburgh Penguins throughout the Eastern Conference finals. Then a Boston defenseman scored the goal that sealed the stunning sweep.
Adam McQuaid scored early in the third period, Tuukka Rask posted his second shutout of the series, and the Bruins reached the Stanley Cup finals with a 1-0 win on Friday night.
The Bruins dominated the series...
Despite throwing 54 on Boston's goal, 29 of them being scoring chances, the Penguins could only get one past goaltender Tuukka Rask last night and that predictably was not enough to win them the game as the Bruins defeated them 2-1 in overtime. The loss puts Pittsburgh in a 3-0 hole and on the brink of elimination in the series. The Pens have no one but themselves to blame for...
After a 113 day lockout, a shortened 48 game season and fourteen series of playoff hockey, we have arrived at the Stanley Cup Finals in a matchup between the big, bad Boston Bruins and the run-and-gun Chicago Blackhawks. For the first time since 1979, two Original Six teams will face-off in the Finals—go ahead and take a drink. Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr played in both cities...