While New York Rangers fans call their goaltender “King” Henrik Lundqvist, the Boston Bruins’ goaltender has been aiming for the crown.
Tuukka Rask made 35 saves Sunday afternoon, leading the Bruins to a 5-2 victory and a 2-0 series lead.
In a series hyped up with stellar goaltending, Lundqvist hasn’t been the goaltender the Rangers need. Despite making 45 saves in Thursday night’s Game 1, he allowed five goals to the Bruins Sunday, the most he allowed in 32 games against Boston.
Mike Giardi and Joe Haggerty break it down.
“Credit the Bruins, though, they came out, expected the Rangers’ best punch, took it, and went out right back at them and put five up on them,” Haggerty said. “That’s gonna send them a bit reeling back in New York.”
Rask has recorded 68 saves through the first two games of the Eastern Conference semifinals, leading the Bruins to 3-2 and 5-2 wins heading into Game 3 on Tuesday night.
“Tuukka Rask is outplaying him in this series,” Haggerty said.
Haggerty said Rask helped bail out the Bruins’ defense at times, noting Zdeno Chara’s fatigued legs after playing 38:02 in Game 1, and acknowledging Boston’s 16 giveaways, compared to the Rangers’ one.
“Both sides had defensive issues today, but clearly, the New York Rangers had more of them,” Haggerty said. “It was a very atypical game from them. Not a lot of blocked shots, a lot of gap problems [and] a lot of open spaces that the Bruins could use to take advantage and make plays.”