Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

For once, Bruins goalie Rask looked mortal

Stanley Cup final

BRUINS 2, BLACKHAWKS 2

Game 1: Blackhawks 4, Bruins 3 3 OT

Game 2: Bruins 2, Blackhawks 1 OT

Game 3: Bruins 2, Blackhawks 0

Game 4: Blackhawks 6, Bruins 5 OT

Saturday: at Chicago, 8, Ch. 8

Monday: at Boston, 8, Ch. 8

Wednesday: at Chicago, 8, Ch. 8 *

* If necessary

BOSTON — A few minutes after scoring in overtime of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final Wednesday, Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook uttered nine words that would be greeted with bewilderment in New York and Pittsburgh.

"It was nice to get a few past Tuukka," he said of the Blackhawks' 6-5 win over the Bruins.

The Rangers rarely saw that Rask. The Penguins never saw that Rask. And until Game 4, neither had the Blackhawks.

Rask has been the best goalie in the playoffs with three shutouts. Even after Wednesday, he still leads the league with a .941 save percentage and 1.83 goals-against average. In the eight games before Wednesday, he had allowed more than a single goal just once.

The notion that the Blackhawks — or any team — could score six times against Rask, especially in Boston, seemed implausible. In three home games against the Rangers in the East semifinals, Rask allowed a combined five goals as the Bruins won in five. In two home games against Pittsburgh in an East final sweep (one of which went into double overtime), he allowed one.

"Every goal is stoppable," Rask said Thursday. "I don't think there were any weak ones (in Game 4). They were mistakes that piled up, and I wasn't able to bail our guys out. Sometimes you do. Sometimes you don't."

The Blackhawks scored while shorthanded. They scored on the power play. They scored on deflections. They scored on long shots. They scored on rebounds.

"We were just around the net. We were getting inside and found the rebounds," said Jonathan Toews, who had gone 10 games without a goal before getting one in the second. "Ugly goals, we don't care. We'll find a way."

The winner came on Seabrook's shot from the point as Toews provided a screen.

"I saw it at the last second," Rask said; "too late."

Boston coach Claude Julien did not blame Rask for the loss but didn't rush to his defense, either.

"I don't evaluate the players publicly," Julien said. "I look at our whole team and can tell you our whole team was average. We have an opportunity to be better next game. Hopefully, if anything, that makes us even hungrier."

Ratings: Wednesday's game was watched by about 6.5 million people, most for a Cup final Game 4 since records started being kept in 1987. The series is averaging 5.4 million, the most through four games since 1994 and more than double the 2.5 million last season.

Around the league: The Flyers confirmed they will buy out center Danny Briere's contract. It saves $6.5 million for next season's salary cap. … The Sharks re-signed wing Raffi Torres for $6 million over three years. He had seven goals and 11 assists this season.

For once, Bruins goalie Rask looked mortal 06/20/13 [Last modified: Thursday, June 20, 2013 9:44pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays journal: Ugly first inning dooms Andriese, Rays against Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Rays manager Kevin Cash made a point of saying before Thursday's game that RHP Matt Andriese was among the pitchers who would most benefit from a strong finish to the season.

    Matt Andriese has a tough first: hits to four of first five batters, leading to three runs, the only ones he gives up in six innings
  2. USF journal: Record night for QB Quinton Flowers

    College

    TAMPA — They've pulled it off with offensive fizz and defensive flatness, and vice versa. They've achieved it on North Dale Mabry and neutral sites. They've attained it sloppily and convincingly.

    Bulls wide receiver Tyre McCants finds a holes in the Temple defense for a 24-yard reception during the first half at Raymond James Stadium.
  3. Joey Knight's takeaways from Thursday's USF-Temple game

    College

    Even when they do catch a break, the Bulls' beleaguered special teams can't hold on to it. After having four kicks blocked in their first three games, USF managed a positive special teams play in the first quarter when Kano Dillon got a piece of an Alex Starzyk punt. But redshirt freshman Craig Watts fumbled the …

  4. Vikings coach feels better about QB Bradford playing vs. Bucs

    Bucs

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford moved with a little more bounce in his step during the 15 opening minutes of Thursday's practice before reporters were booted.

  5. Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. Friday, Camden Yards, Baltimore

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Orioles

    7:05, Camden Yards, Baltimore

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    RAYS: RH Alex Cobb (11-10, 3.63)

    ORIOLES: RH Ubaldo Jimenez (6-10, 6.57)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Pitcher Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait at Charlotte Sports Park during photo day on February 26, 2014 in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)