Stat Line of the Night — 6/17/2013 — Tuukka Rask
Should the Boston Bruins go on to win the Stanley Cup, Gary Bettman and company could have a hard time deciding who to hand the Conn Smythe Trophy to as the playoff MVP. The entire line of David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic could garner plenty of consideration, as they currently sit in first, second and third, respectively, in playoff scoring. And let’s not forget about Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who has been averaging over 30 minutes of ice time each game while accumulating 12 points and a plus-13 rating in 19 games thus far.
Those four players would all make strong candidates, but they’d be hard pressed to beat out Tuukka Rask for playoff MVP honors.
Rask has been impressive all playoffs, and that continued last night, as he stopped all 28 shots he faced from the Blackhawks, en route to the 2-0 victory in Game 3 and a 2-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Following that performance, Rask now leads all playoff goaltenders (who have played at least one full game) in wins (14), save percentage (.946), goals against average (1.64) and shutouts (3). Those numbers should make him a Conn Smythe favorite, but for now he earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, June 17, 2013.