Julien: Rask just as good as Thomas

Julien: Rask just as good as Thomas
June 16, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Tuukka Rask made 33 saves in the Bruins' 2-1 win over Chicago in Sunday's Game 2.

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BOSTON -- Entering the Stanley Cup Final, many wanted to compare Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford.

The numbers were nearly identical. Their success just the same.

But throughout the entire season, Rask has been compared to Tim Thomas, whose play in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs set the bar for goaltenders leading their team to a championship.

Rask is now only three wins away from achieving that same goal. And after his 33-save, put-the-team-on-his-back effort in Saturday night's Game 2 win in Chicago, Bruins coach Claude Julien finds himself comparing Rask's playoff run with Thomas'.

"I think it's just as good, there's no doubt," said Julien on Sunday. "Tim, as I said, has been a great goaltender for us. And when you lose a guy like that, there's always that fear that you're not going to be able to replace him. But Tuukka's done an outstanding job. To me, he's been as much a contributor to our team as Tim was two years ago."